We had a truly amazing two days (April 25-26) talking about the importance of federal R &D to STEM on the hill! Matt Francis, Section Chair was invited by IEEE-USA to represent Arkansas for Congressional Visits Day 2017, part of STEM on the Hill. Matt was paired with Pete Eckstein, IEEE-USA 2016 president. They visited with staff from both their districts, the offices of Rep. Womack, Sen. Cotton and Sen. Boozman for Matt/AR and Rep. Zeldin, Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand for Pete/NY. Big thanks to Rep. Steve Womack for taking time out of a very busy week to talk with us for nearly 15 min! And of course thanks to IEEE-USA staff for organizing these amazing visits!