Introduction: How to Call Your Congressional Leader
Calling congressional leaders is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get your opinion heard by your representatives, and brings issues that are important to you to their attention. Many people do not utilize this resource, and this article aims to show how easy and effective it can be.
Step 1: Who Are Your Congressional Leaders?
First, you need to find the names and numbers of your one U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators. You can find those at www.congress.org. Type in your zip code, and look on the left side under the heading “President & Congress.” Your Senators and Representative will be listed under the President. Clicking on their names will give you their contact information for their local and D.C. offices.
Step 2: Calling
The call will be very short, all you need to say is your name, that you’re a constituent, and tell the staffer who is picking up (or the machine if you are calling after hours) what you are calling about. If you are calling after hours, leave a message! Messages are checked often, so they will still get your call.
Example: “Hi, my name is Sally and I’m a constituent. I’m just calling today to ask that Senator Cantwell support global poverty legislation. Thank you!”
Step 3: Does It Do Anything?
Every phone call, email, and letter received is tallied and compiled into a weekly report given to the congressional leader. If as few as 6-7 calls come in per week, it brings the issue greater attention in the eyes of the congressional leader, and shows that the issue is important to their constituents.
Step 4: Now What?
Keep calling, and mobilize others in your community to start calling and writing as well. To find out more about global poverty, and why solving it is beneficial for the U.S., visit The Borgen Project at www.borgenproject.org.