Please let your Members of Congress know that you support FASTR and that they should too! More details on the bill can be found on our FASTR homepage.
Below are ways in which you can help pass FASTR and spread the word about the positive effects this legislation will have on research, the academic community, entrepreneuers, students, and the general public. Now is the time to reach out to your Members of Congress and tell them at they should support FASTR!
1. Call your members of Congress
Contacting your members of Congress is the most powerful action you can take to urge them to move FASTR through the House and Senate. To find your Representative’s name, click here; for your Senators, click here. Once you have identified your members of Congress, call the Capitol switch board at (202) 224-3121 and ask for their offices (you will need to call back for each of the offices).
This script is provided as a guideline. You should feel free to speak in your own words. Ask to speak to the Legislative Aide who handles technology and innovation issues. If you are only able to talk to the receptionist, that’s okay. As long as you call your own members of Congress (being a constituent is important), your message will be passed on to the staff person who handles the issue. If they ask if you need a response, you can say no.
Hello, my name is and I’m a constituent of [name of member of Congress]. I’m [a student at x; or I work at y] and I’m calling about the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, often called FASTR. The bill would ensure that public access to federally funded research becomes the law of the land. FASTR was introduced this summer but has not moved through committee. I’m calling to voice my strong support for the bill and urge [name of Representative/Senator] to help move FASTR.
After calling your members of Congress, move to the next step and engage them on social media to reinforce your ask and help us track who has made a call. Here are some suggested tweets:
.[Your Senator/Representative’s Twitter handle] please support public access to research & #MoveFASTR! Join me in calling Congress: sparcopen.org/our-work/fastr/act/
I just called my members of Congress and asked them to #MoveFASTR. Please join me and call yours: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/fastr/act
2. Engage your Representatives on social media
Tweet at your elected officials about FASTR using the hashtag #MoveFASTR, or post about the bill on Facebook. You can find a list of all the twitter accounts for Congress here.
Here are some useful tweets that you can use —
[name of group] urges Congress to #MoveFASTR and make taxpayer funded research available to all #OpenAccess
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR represents the next step forward in the competitiveness agenda. It’s time to pass it! #OpenAccess #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] Job growth generated by FASTR will spread across broad sectors of the economy, from ag to ed. Pls pass it! #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR spurs innovation and encourages job creation. Please help us #MoveFASTR!
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR provides additional transparency on federal spending. Pass it out of committee today! #OpenAccess #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR codifies @WhiteHouse Directive to provide greater public access to taxpayer-funded research. #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR ensures permanency of public access to scientific research once and for all. Let’s get it done! #MoveFASTR
You can also post these messages on your Representatives’ facebook pages.
3. Write a letter of support
Write a letter of support for FASTR and send it to your elected officials.
Click here for a draft letter of support. You can modify this letter to include ways open access has impacted your life or could impact your life if FASTR were passed. Here are links to find your Representatives’ contact information.
If you have any questions about any of the action items above, please contact Shawn Daugherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202.296.2296.