Capitol Hill Visits

Capitol Hill Visits

Throughout the year, OSA offers its members the opportunity to meet 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 joined 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. For more information please visit our CVD page.

Congressional Visits Day 2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is headed to Capitol Hill in March for the annual Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group Congressional Visits Day (CVD). The event will take place March 25-26, just as Congress is considering funding for Fiscal Year 2015.
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If you are a student needing travel assistance to participate in Congressional Visits Day 2014, please click here for more information (pdf).


Recently-Sponsored Capitol Hill Visits:

Congressional Visits Day 2013

Congressional Visits Day 2012

District Visits:

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

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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Congressional Visits Day 2012 was held on April 23rd and 24th in Washington, D.C.

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