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1) Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media. Send a copy to sparc [at] arl [dot] org to be featured here.

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5) Explore our Issue pages for time-sensitive calls to contact Congress and express your support

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Background

On March 18, 2015, Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Yoder (R-KS), and Lofgren (D-CA) introduced S. 779/H.R. 1477, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill that will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.

FASTR will accelerate science, fuel innovation, and improve the lives and welfare of Americans and those around the world. This is an achievable goal – today. Now is the time to push for this groundbreaking legislation, and let Congress know that the public deserves access to the research that they paid for.

FASTR remains an important marker in Congress; portions of the language from the legislation were included in the recent FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, requiring Agencies under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to ensure that articles resulting from their funded research be made available to the public no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The legislation has also recently served a model for proposed state-level bills, most notably in New York and California. 

 
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