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With federal support for research becoming a concern for many scientists, this year's Spring Meeting in Baltimore offers an opportunity not to be missed. Since the U.S. Congress will be in session from May 20–23, AGU members will have a week to take the case for federal support of science directly to their elected leaders. Roughly 30 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., Baltimore is just a short train ride or drive from Capitol Hill. As Congress struggles to achieve a balanced federal budget by 2002, many programs that were once taken for granted are now being scrutinized. Every possible cut in government programs is being considered, and science programs are not exempt. Senators and Representatives have repeatedly warned scientists that unless constituents tell legislators that science programs are important, scarce research dollars might be redirected to other national and local concerns.