Most members of Congress left Washington, DC two weeks ago to begin the annual August recess and district work period. When Congress returns to Washington in September, it will be faced with completing work on the various fiscal year 2007 spending bills.
During the August recess, most members of Congress will spend time visiting constituents in their congressional district. This year, given the aggressive political battles leading into the November elections, members are likely to have a higher profile in their home states as they strive to demonstrate that they understand local issues and concerns. Given this, August is a time for scientists to visit a district office or attend a community event at which members of Congress and/or their political challengers will be present. These events are excellent opportunities for scientists to encourage Congress to support federal funding for biological and environmental research at the National Science Foundation and the various mission-driven research agencies.
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