Examples of Letters and Phone Scripts

Tips on telephoning Congress:  

The phone numbers of the offices of your senators and representative are available on their websites. You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators' and/or representative's office.   

Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.  

After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as: "Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose (S.___/H.R.___)."  

You will also want to state reasons for your support or opposition to the bill. Ask for your senators' or representative's position on the bill. You may also request a written response to your telephone call.

Sample telephone call


Tips on writing Congress:
A letter or email is the most popular choice of communication with a congressional office. Visit the How to Contact Your Member of Congress page to be connected to your Congressman's direct email link.

If you decide to write a letter or email, use this list of helpful suggestions to improve its effectiveness:  

  • Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House bill: (H. R. ____), Senate bill: (S.____).
  • Be courteous, to the point, and include key information using examples to support your position.
  • Address only one issue in each letter and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.

Sample letter