The ASBMB Office of Public Affairs has prepared these documents for use in meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Other than the "Congressional Meeting Talking Points" and the "Legislative Talking Points" documents, all other documents are intended to be left with the office you are meeting with.
ASBMB FY13 NIH Funding Request - FY 2013 budget recommendation for the National Institutes of Health (complete with analytical explanation)
State/District-Specific Meeting Data - The Office of Public Affairs staff will provide you with state- or district-specific data sheets, Congressional bios and a meeting "cheat sheet" with talking points specifically for your member of Congress
ASBMB NIH Tree Handout - Pictorial representation of the wide-reaching effects of federal funding for the NIH
Congressional Meeting Talking Points - Sample talking points for meetings with congressional offices
Legislative Talking Points - ASBMB positions on relevant legislative initiatives facing the 112th Congress
Importance of Biomedical Research - Information highlighting the importance of NIH to the economy
Sparking Economic Growth Document - Summary of the "Sparking Economic Growth" document, prepared by The Science Coalition, that identifies successful examples of companies that are the direct result of federal investments in basic research.
References for understanding the affects of NIH budget cuts - A list of references ASBMB has used to calculate the affects of 8% cuts to the NIH FY13 budget.
Also available upon request from the Office of Public Affairs is state- and district-specific information, including:
- The amount of NIH and NSF funding for each district/state
- The economic impact of NIH on each state
- Highlights of NIH/NSF-funded research being done at both universities and local businesses
- Outputs of NIH/NSF-funded research in the district/state
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain this information, as well as to discuss how to effectively use these materials during congressional meetings.