Capitol Hill Visits: What to Expect


AIMBE makes it easy to request a Congressional appointment during the Annual Event. Enter your name, address, email and zip code to access the draft meeting request email. Only you can request an appointment and this app makes it easy. Your Member of Congress and two Senators will be identified. The message requesting the meeting is simple and straightforward. You can edit the draft meeting invitation or simply click the Submit Message button to send your message.

Congressional staff will contact you directly regarding your meeting that may be with the Member of Congress or their staff. Remember, meetings with staff are nearly as valuable as with the elected official so please confirm all appointments that are offered, regardless of time as you can step out of the programming to make a quick trip to Capitol Hill and back. AIMBE will help arrange your transportation and provide you with meeting materials and talking points.

This is your letter to your Members of Congress. You will be able to change the text once you click “Proceed.”

Washington DC Meeting Request

As your constituent, I am writing to request an appointment to visit with you on Monday, March 25th while I am in Washington, D.C. attending the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Annual Event.

I would like to visit with you regarding federal investments in medical research. I know your schedule is challenging, and I am willing to arrange my schedule to meet with you briefly even if it is in the hall outside a congressional hearing room.

I look forward to your response and the opportunity to briefly visit with you.

2020 AIMBE Congressional Visits
Talking Points

What to Expect:

  • Expect the visit to last between 15 and 25 minutes
  • Don’t be surprise to meet with young staff – they are the eyes and ears of lawmakers
  • Introduce yourself, exchange business cards and get a photo
  • This is not a meet-and-greet. Deliver a concise pitch about your work, why it should be federally funded, and how it may lead to positive outcomes for patients.
  • Get directly to your key points and make the ask: Protect NIH medical research funding with a $3 billion increase in FY20

Who Are We:

  • AIMBE is an honorific society of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers responsible for the innovation and discovery that improves health, lowers costs, and/or expands access.
  • Tell your personal story – a) why your work is critical, b) why discovery takes time and federal financial investment, c) relate your research to a discovery/cure.

Why Are We Here:

  • Budget cuts (and spending caps) are killing America’s leadership in innovation and discovery.
  • Agencies including NIH, NSF, NIST, and other critical federal R&D initiatives are hurt when spending is cut or when spending doesn’t meet inflation
  • Thank you for a strong increase ($3 billion) to NIH in FY18 and NY19. However, NIH buying power remains nearly 20% below a decade ago. Federal R&D as a percentage of GDP is at the lowest point since 1976. Today we spend $25 federal dollars on health care for sick Americans for every $1 spent on research to find a cure.
  • Research needs stable funding– not up-and-down, on-again, off-again. Uncertainty of funding hurts sustained, level-funding needs for research. AIMBE supports a $2 billion increase for NIH in FY20.

What is our ASK:

  • Support NIH with $3 billion increase for FY20. A single-year bump or two years of increased spending still leaves NIH underfunded for critical research needs. Congress must continue to provide a strong $3 billion annual increase to restore damaging cuts.
  • Return to Regular Order and pass all appropriations bills. Congress must make priorities. Government shutdowns and short-term funding measures hurt research… labs can’t be turned on and off like a radio. Americans support more funding for medical research. NIH-funded research creates jobs (40,000 jobs will be generated by a $2 billion increase), spurs the economy ($2.20 generated for every additional dollar invested by NIH), and lowers federal spending for healthcare.

Making an Impact in Congress

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