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A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space

Jack Kiraly and Michael Briganti • March 06, 2015

There is a first time for everything. Riding a bike, stargazing, and yes, even lobbying Congress. Jack Kiraly describes his first Legislative Blitz with Michael Briganti and Casey Dreier on Capitol Hill last week.

Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Casey Dreier • March 04, 2015

The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members.

Why We Write to Congress

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2015

It's time to write to Congress in support of planetary exploration. Why? Because it works.

Stand for Space! Join me in D.C. in February to Blitz Congress

Casey Dreier • January 05, 2015

Put your passion for space exploration to work. Come with me to D.C. in February and join space advocates from around the country as we descend on Capitol Hill.

A Look Back at an Amazing Year

Jennifer Vaughn • December 31, 2014

As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.

Here's How Planetary Science Will Spend Its $1.44 Billion in 2015

Casey Dreier • December 19, 2014

The story of NASA's 2015 budget ended on December 16th, when President Barack Obama signed the massive omnibus spending bill into law. NASA's increased budget is locked in, as is the increase to Planetary Science. Here's how Planetary spends its additional money.

[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2014

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2014

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

Jason Callahan • November 14, 2014

On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2014

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress

Casey Dreier • September 09, 2014

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • August 04, 2014

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • July 18, 2014

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.

Building Our Community by Being Part of it

Jennifer Vaughn • June 06, 2014

The last six weeks have been especially busy due to an unusually high number of conferences and festivals, so I thought I'd summarize what's been going on and how The Planetary Society has been involved.

Making the Rounds on Capitol Hill

Bill Nye • June 04, 2014

There's an old saying about Washington, D.C.: it’s a small town, based on relationships. We are establishing very good relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Three of us made the rounds recently, going from one Congressional Member’s office to another to support planetary exploration and a mission to Europa. Our team included Casey Dreier, our Director of Advocacy; Bill Adkins, our lobbyist in Washington; and me.

If You Propose to Take Money from NASA, We Notice

Casey Dreier • June 03, 2014

During the floor debate for the House's budget for NASA and other agencies, three members of Congress submitted amendments to shift money from NASA to other programs. We noticed.

Live in California or Maryland?

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014

The Senate is about to release its draft NASA budget, and we need to ensure their support for planetary exploration.

The Planetary Society Supports NASA's Asteroid Initiative

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2014

The Planetary Society strongly supports NASA's asteroid initiative, including the goal of redirecting an asteroid to the vicinity of the Moon. But an independent cost estimate is needed, and needed soon.

An Update on Advocacy Fundraising

Casey Dreier • May 13, 2014

Last month, we asked our supporters to help us raise at least $125,000 to support our advocacy program that works to fund planetary exploration and NASA. We've raised nearly $100,000, but need help reaching our stretch goal.

An Open Letter to the Planetary Science Community

Jim Bell • May 01, 2014

Dr. Jim Bell, a planetary scientist and President of the Planetary Society, calls on his colleagues to write Congress in support of planetary exploration and to support The Society.

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