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URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Tell your Senator to OPPOSE amendments that strike or change the NIH public access provision in the FY08 Labor/HHS appropriations bill

Published Oct 19, 2007

This call to action is concluded. The Senate passed the LHHS bill and included the NIH provision in tact. Thanks to all for your efforts! Please follow the ATA Web site for further actions this fall. (October 24, 2007)

The Senate is currently considering the FY08 Labor-HHS Bill, which includes a provision (already approved by the House of Representatives and the full Senate Appropriations Committee), that directs the NIH to change its Public Access Policy so that participation is required (rather than requested) for researchers, and ensures free, timely public access to articles resulting from NIH-funded research. On Friday, Senator Inhofe (R-OK), filed two amendments (#3416 and #3417), which call for the language to either be stricken from the bill, or modified in a way that would gravely limit the policy’s effectiveness.

Amendment #3416 would eliminate the provision altogether. Amendment #3417 is likely to be presented to your Senator as a compromise that “balances” the needs of the public and of publishers. In reality, the current language in the NIH public access provision accomplishes that goal. Passage of either amendment would seriously undermine access to this important public resource, and damage the community’s ability to advance scientific research and discovery.

Please contact your Senators TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on amendments #3416 and #3417. (Contact must be made before 2PM Eastern on Monday, October 22). A sample email is provided for your use below.  Feel free to personalize it, explaining why public access is important to you and your institution. Contact information and a tool to email your Senator are online at /action/urgent-call-to-action-tell-your-senator-to-o.shtml. No time to write? Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be patched through to your Senate office.

If you have written in support before, or when you do so today, please inform the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. Contact Jennifer McLennan through jennifer@arl.org or by fax at (202) 872-0884.

Thanks for your continued efforts to support public access at the National Institutes of Health.

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SAMPLE EMAIL

Dear Senator:

On behalf of [your organization], I strongly urge you to OPPOSE proposed Amendments #3416 and #3417 to the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill (S.1710). These amendments would seriously impede public access to taxpayer-funded biomedical research, stifling critical advancements in lifesaving research and scientific discovery. The current bill language was carefully crafted to balance the needs of ALL stakeholders, and to ensure that the American public is able to fully realize our collective investment in science.

To ensure public access to medical research findings, language was included in the in the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill directing the NIH to make a much-needed improvement to its Public Access Policy -- requiring that NIH-funded researchers deposit their manuscripts in the National Library of Medicine’s online database to be made publicly available within one year of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  This change is supported by NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, and a broad coalition of educational institutions, scientific researchers, healthcare practitioners, publishers, patient groups, libraries, and student groups -- representing millions of taxpayers seeking to advance medical research.
Amendment #3416 would eliminate this important provision, leaving only a severely weakened, voluntary NIH policy in place.

Under the voluntary policy (in place for more than two years) less than 5% of individual researchers have participated -- rendering the policy ineffective. The language in Amendment #3417 would place even further restrictions on the policy, ensuring that taxpayers – including doctors and scientists – are unable to take full advantage of this important public resource.

Supporting the current language in the FY08 LHHS Appropriations Bill is the best way to ensure that taxpayers’ investment in NIH-funded research is used as effectively as possible.  Taxpayer-funded NIH research belongs to the American public. They have paid for it, and it is for their benefit.

I urge you to join the millions of scientists, researchers, libraries, universities, and patient and consumer advocacy groups in supporting the current language in the FY08 LHHS Appropriations bill and require NIH grantees to deposit in PubMed Central final peer-reviewed manuscripts no later than 12 months following publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Vote NO on Amendments #3416 and #3417.

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Also available: ALA's online action center. Contact your Senator online here: http://www.capwiz.com/ala/issues/alert/?alertid=10453911

Fax numbers for U.S. Senators
(Alphabetical by last name)

     

Fax Number

Senator

Daniel

Akaka

(202) 224-2126

Senator

Lamar

Alexander

(202) 228-3398

Senator

Wayne

Allard

(202) 224-6471

Senator

George

Allen

(202) 224-5432

Senator

Max

Baucus

(202) 224-0515

Senator

Evan

Bayh

(202) 228-1377

Senator

Robert

Bennett

(202) 228-1168

Senator

Joseph

Biden

(202) 224-0139

Senator

Jeff

Bingaman

(202) 224-2852

Senator

Christopher

Bond

(202) 224-8149

Senator

Barbara

Boxer

(415) 956-6701

Senator

Sherrod

Brown

202- 228-6321

Senator

Sam

Brownback

(202) 228-1265

Senator

Jim

Bunning

(202) 228-1373

Senator

Richard

Burr

(202) 228-2981

Senator

Robert

Byrd

(202) 228-0002

Senator

Maria

Cantwell

(202) 228-0514

Senator

Benjamin

Cardin

202-224-1651

Senator

Thomas

Carper

(202) 228-2190

Senator

Robert

Casey

202-228-0604

Senator

Saxby

Chambliss

(202) 224-0103

Senator

Hillary

Clinton

(202) 228-0282

Senator

Thomas

Coburn

(202) 224-6008

Senator

Thad

Cochran

(202) 224-9450

Senator

Norm

Coleman

(202) 224-1152

Senator

Susan

Collins

(202) 224-2693

Senator

Kent

Conrad

(202) 224-7776

Senator

Bob

Corker

202-228-0566

Senator

John

Cornyn

(202) 228-2856

Senator

Larry

Craig

(202) 228-1067

Senator

Mike

Crapo

(202) 228-1375

Senator

James

DeMint

(202) 228-5143

Senator

Christopher

Dodd

(202) 224-1083

Senator

Elizabeth

Dole

(202) 224-1100

Senator

Pete

Domenici

(202) 228-3261

Senator

Byron

Dorgan

(202) 224-1193

Senator

Richard

Durbin

(202) 228-0400

Senator

John

Ensign

(202) 228-2193

Senator

Michael

Enzi

(202) 228-0359

Senator

Russell

Feingold

(202) 224-2725

Senator

Dianne

Feinstein

(202) 228-3954

Senator

Lindsey

Graham

(202) 224-3808

Senator

Charles

Grassley

(202) 224-6020

Senator

Judd

Gregg

(202) 224-4952

Senator

Chuck

Hagel

(202) 224-5213

Senator

Tom

Harkin

(202) 224-9369

Senator

Orrin

Hatch

(202) 224-6331

Senator

Kay

Hutchison

(202) 224-0776

Senator

James

Inhofe

(202) 228-0380

Senator

Daniel

Inouye

(202) 224-6747

Senator

Johnny

Isakson

(202) 228-0724

Senator

Tim

Johnson

(202) 228-5765

Senator

Edward

Kennedy

(202) 224-2417

Senator

John

Kerry

(202) 224-8525

Senator

Amy

Klobuchar

202-228-2186

Senator

Herb

Kohl

(202) 224-9787

Senator

Jon

Kyl

(202) 224-2207

Senator

Mary

Landrieu

(202) 224-9735

Senator

Frank

Lautenberg

(202) 228-4054

Senator

Patrick

Leahy

(202) 224-3479

Senator

Carl

Levin

(202) 224-1388

Senator

Joseph

Lieberman

(202) 224-9750

Senator

Blanche

Lincoln

(202) 228-1371

Senator

Trent

Lott

(202) 224-2262

Senator

Richard

Lugar

(202) 228-0360

Senator

Mel

Martinez

(202) 228-5171

Senator

John

McCain

(202) 228-2862

Senator

Claire

McCaskill

202-228-6326

Senator

Mitch

McConnell

(202) 224-2499

Senator

Robert

Menendez

(202) 228-2197

Senator

Barbara

Mikulski

(202) 224-8858

Senator

Lisa

Murkowski

(202) 224-5301

Senator

Patty

Murray

(202) 224-0238

Senator

Ben

Nelson

(202) 228-0012

Senator

Bill

Nelson

(202) 228-2183

Senator

Barack

Obama

(202) 228-4260

Senator

Mark

Pryor

(202) 228-0908

Senator

Jack

Reed

(202) 224-4680

Senator

Harry

Reid

(202) 224-7327

Senator

Pat

Roberts

(202) 224-3514

Senator

John

Rockefeller

(202) 224-7665

Senator

Ken

Salazar

(202) 228-5036

Senator

Bernard

Sanders

202-228-0776

Senator

Charles

Schumer

(202) 228-3027

Senator

Jeff

Sessions

(202) 224-3149

Senator

Richard

Shelby

(202) 224-3416

Senator

Gordon

Smith

(202) 228-3997

Senator

Olympia

Snowe

(202) 224-1946

Senator

Arlen

Specter

(202) 228-1229

Senator

Debbie

Stabenow

(202) 228-0325

Senator

Ted

Stevens

(202) 224-2354

Senator

John

Sununu

(202) 228-4131

Senator

Jon

Tester

202-224-8594

Senator

Craig

Thomas

(202) 224-1724

Senator

John

Thune

(202) 228-5429

Senator

David

Vitter

(202) 228-5061

Senator

George

Voinovich

(202) 228-1382

Senator

John

Warner

(202) 224-6295

Senator

Jim

Webb

202-228-6363

Senator

Sheldon

Whitehouse

202-228-6362

Senator

Ron

Wyden

(202) 228-2717

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