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Geoscientists Visit Congress

15 Sep 2008

On September 9-10, SSA co-sponsored and participated in the first Geo-Science Congressional Visits Day event. With over 60 participants, the event consisted of a half-day workshop on issues from how the appropriations process works and what to expect from Congressional visits, to budget overview presentations from key science agencies, including National Science Foundation and NOAA.

The following day, armed with the key message of, "Geo-science Funding Pays Off," the participants walked the halls of Congress - visiting over 100 offices of Representatives, Senators and Committees. SSA participants were able to highlight earthquake programs and their funding requirements, as well as the upcoming Re-authorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

Geo-science Congressional Visits Day, which aims to be an annual event, was also co-sponsored by the American Geological Institute, American Geophysical Union, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America, and Soils Science Society of America.

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