The ability of a government agency to make or extend a research grant, fund a new instrument, or support a research program directly relates to legislation considered by Congress. On almost a daily basis, congressional action affects the efforts of scientists to contribute to the growth of knowledge and the well-being of the nation.
All too often, Congress makes decisions affecting the conduct of research in America with little participation by the physics and astronomy community. Few Members of Congress have direct knowledge about scientists and their work, and the impacts that congressional decisions have on research. The need for scientists to communicate with Congress has never been greater.