Phone Script for Promoting Science-Informed Leadership to Senators

Opening:

Hello, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent from [where you are from]. I am a [mention any education or job credentials that may give you credibility], and I’m calling to speak with [Senator’s name] to express my concern about the role of science in the new presidential administration. I believe that cabinet officials and the leaders of federal agencies should demonstrate a track record of science-informed decision-making, and should express a commitment to engaging the scientific community in relevant policy decisions.

Note: You do not need to share personal information if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, but at a minimum mention that you are a constituent of the senator you are calling. If you are comfortable doing so, sharing your credentials (scientist, teacher, citizen of California, etc) makes a difference.

Pick from some of these talking points to begin a conversation, or share a personal story if applicable. You can also use talking points from your letter. If you have a listening ear, keep the conversation going for as long as you’d like.

End your conversation with:

I would like to urge [Senator’s name] to consider the importance of scientific values when voting on the confirmation of cabinet and cabinet-level nominees whose decisions will influence policy, regulations, and funding affecting science, energy, the environment, education, and public health. In particular, I am asking [Senator’s name] to only vote “yes” on nominees for science-related cabinet and cabinet-level positions who demonstrate a track record of fact-based decision making, support for independent scientific research, and a sufficient background in science to understand and appreciate the value of the important research and policy-making conducted by federal offices and agencies. Thank you for your time and I hope that we can consider [Senator’s name] an ally to science during confirmation voting.