|Legislative Blitz Participants at NASA HQ|
Following Briefing by Deputy Administrator Lori Garver
Results were greatly varied; from staff and members of Congress having little understanding of the importance of space exploration and maintaining US lead in high technology, to some who did not appear to support NASA at all, to strong supporters. Some had great misconceptions over costs, believing NASA is incredibly expensive (wrong--it's just 0.04% of the Federal budget, or less than was spent to air condition troop tents in Iraq and Afghanistan). Some had little understanding of the fantastic payoffs in high technology, jobs, investments and even national pride.
The crucial point to all who believe America should explore space; should maintain leadership in high technology and not concede such leadership to China; should keep high tech investments in the US rather than watch them go to China; is that YOUR voice matters.
Personal visits by constituents can make a big difference. Call the offices of your Senators and Representative and ask to have a meeting with them at their state/district office. If you visit Washington, DC anytime or live nearby, be sure to visit their Capitol offices. Discuss the benefits of a strong space exploration program which will see Americans return to the moon, venture to an asteroid, and land on Mars. Discuss the dangers to our economy and future if America abandons leadership to China and other nations.
US Capitol: 202-224-3121