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Capitol Hill Visits
District Visits/Facility Tours
Virtual Advocacy Week: April 27-May1


Capitol Hill Visits

Throughout the year, OSA offers its members the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives. These meetings give the scientific community a voice in the halls of Congress - calling on elected officials to recognize the importance of science and technology, keep federal R&D funding levels consistent and sustainable, and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. OSA organizes all aspects of the visits, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.

Each Spring, OSA members join over 250 participants from the Science, Engineering and Technology Working Group in the annual Congressional Visits Day (SET CVD). All OSA members are invited to participate.


Congressional Visits Day 2015: March 17 & 18 - OSA participated in Congressional Visits Day 2015 with its National Photonics Initiative partners. 


District Visits/Facility Tours:

OSA staff is happy to assist members who wish to visit the local state or district office of their senators or representative. Members of Congress typically work in their district office during Congressional recesses, such as the summer district work period during the month of August. Congressional recess dates are available here:

House Schedule
Senate Schedule

OSA staff can also assist OSA Corporate Members who are interested in inviting a senator or representative to tour their company or facility.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit with your federal legislator(s) in your state, please contact the OSA government relations team at


Virtual Advocacy Week: April 27-May 1, 2015

Participate in OSA’s first ever Virtual Advocacy Week on April 27-May 1.  Advocate to members of Congress on the importance of funding for research and development, funding for the manufacturing institutes, and/or STEM education by writing to your members of Congress through our online letter writing system.  OSA will have drafted letters for you that you may edit with your story.  It’s really easy and only takes a few minutes of your time.  On April 27, we will post on this webpage and send an alert email out to the members who are on the Optics Legislative Network (OLN), with the list of drafted letters and how to send them.  The more people that write, the bigger impact the letters will have.

Congressional Visits Day 2015 was held on March 17th and 18th in Washington, D.C.

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Congressional Visits Day 2013 was held on March 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C.

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District Visits were held during the 2012 summer recess.

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