In September, 2009, President Brian Rosenberg, along with 56 other presidents of liberal arts colleges, signed a letter in support of legislation that would make government-funded research freely available online.
On April 15, 2010, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with this purpose. Currently, publishing rights to much of government-sponsored research goes to private companies who charge for access.
You can help too: Contact your representatives (Senate, House) and express your support for public access to taxpayer-funded research.
For more information, please visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.