Alliance for Taxpayer Access

http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/nih-public-access-policy-update-request-for-letter.shtml

NIH Public Access Policy Update: Request for letters to all Representatives and Senators

July 13, 2007

Effective this week, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed FY08 spending bills that direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to change its Public Access Policy so that NIH-funded researchers are required to deposit copies of NIH-funded research into the online archive of the National Library of Medicine.

This is big step toward making the policy a success -- a step achieved as a result of your tireless efforts. But now is not the time to let up. We need your help now more than ever.

The bills now go to the full House and the Senate for approval. To help ensure success there, we ask that all supporters contact their Representatives AND Senators with support of the proposed bills by phone or fax as soon as possible. The House is expected to convene on Tuesday, July 17, so we ask that Representatives be contacted no later than MONDAY afternoon. (Please see below for contact details.)

Please feel free to draw upon the following talking points:

It is vital that Congress hear from constituents at this critical time. Please take action as soon as you can, and let us know when you're able to weigh in. As always, thank you.

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Contacting your Representatives and Senators:

ALA Legislative Action Center - http://www.capwiz.com/ala/issues/
Find your Representative - http://www.house.gov/
Find your Senator - http://www.senate.gov/