Advocacy

ASTC’s Office of Government and Public Relations represents the interests of ASTC members before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies that provide support to science centers and museums in the United States.

Periodically throughout the legislative year, ASTC produces legislative updates and budget overviews which offer a detailed look at federal appropriations and legislation—both pending and completed—that are of particular interest to ASTC members. A budget overview covering the most recent fiscal year is available here:

FY 2016 Budget Overview (PDF)

As part of our public policy agenda, ASTC seeks to raise the profile of the field—and garner support for the aforementioned federal agencies and programs—by offering testimony before various congressional committees. Our most recent testimony can be found here:

Anthony (Bud) Rock Testimony submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, March 26, 2015

Anthony (Bud) Rock Testimony submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, March 28, 2014