ASTC represents the interests of its members before the United States Congress and Federal agencies that provide support to science and technology centers and museums across the country. To communicate the needs and positions of ASTC members, we issue statements, sign onto coalition letters, and submit Congressional testimony. Here are several of our recent actions.

DateTopicLead OrganizationAction
August 3, 2020COVID-19Afterschool AllianceLetter urging the meaningful inclusion of afterschool and community partners in planning and implementing the 2020-2021 school year for students, families, and communities. View the letter and the accompanying “blueprint” for states and districts.
July 22, 2020COVID-19North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)Request to Congressional leadership to support improvements to the schoolyard for outdoor learning and environmental education in any relief package for schools. View the letter.
July 13, 2020COVID-19National museum associationsLetter to Congress raising up the continued threats faced by museums and requesting several legislative actions in the next Federal relief bill that would provide support for our community. View the letter.
July 8, 2020COVID-19Professional scientific societiesRequest to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State to withdraw a proposed modification to the Students and Exchange Visitor Program that would prohibit non-immigrant higher education students from remaining in the U.S. if their classes were to move to online-only in the Fall. View the letter.
May 7, 2020COVID-19[Re]Build America’s School Infrastructure CoalitionRequest to Congressional leadership to include funding for public school infrastructure in any future COVID-19 stimulus package. View the letter.
May 5, 2020COVID-19Charitable Giving CoalitionRequest to Congressional leadership to expand the temporary universal charitable deduction and enhance incentives to encourage giving to nonprofits. View the letter.
April 20, 2020COVID-19Professional scientific societiesLetter in support of House and Senate resolutions to denounce anti-Asian discrimination as related to COVID-19. Read the blog post and download the letter.
April 17, 2020COVID-19STEM Education CoalitionFederal policy recommendations to address the challenges faced by the STEM education community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the recommendations.
April 13, 2020COVID-19National museum associationsRecommendations for the role of science engagement in future Federal agency investments for COVID-19 response and recovery, sent to the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology (SST) Committee. Download the letter and read the blog post.
April 13, 2020COVID-19Coalition for National Science FundingRecommendations for future investment in the National Science Foundation to aid in COVID-19 response and recovery, sent to the House of Representatives’ SST Committee. View the letter.
April 6, 2020COVID-19National museum associationsRequest to Congressional leadership for support for nonprofit museums as they navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic—including a dedicated fund $6 billion through the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Read the blog post or download the letter.
March 18, 2020COVID-19National museum associationsRequest to Congressional leadership requesting at least $4 billion for nonprofit museums in COVID-19 economic relief legislation. Read the blog post or download the letter.
March 13, 2020COVID-19National museum associationsRequest to Congressional leadership to consider museums as eligible recipients of economic relief in any emergency funding supplemental advanced by Congress. Read the blog post or download the letter.
February 25, 2020FY21 AppropriationsMuseums Advocacy Day 2020Suggested FY 2021 funding levels for select Federal agencies, and requests that members of Congress to consider the role of museums in ensuring American’s lifelong engagement with STEM. Download the brief.

Advocacy Actions Prior to 2020

DateTopicLead OrganizationAction
May 9, 2019FY20 AppropriationsNational museum associationsTestimony submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding funding for the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the U.S. Department of Education. 
March 19, 2019FY20 AppropriationsASTCStatement from Cristin Dorgelo, ASTC’s President and CEO, regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget. View the statement.
February 13, 2018FY19 AppropriationsASTCStatement from Cristin Dorgelo, ASTC’s President and CEO, regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
View the statement
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