on telephoning Congress:
To find your senators' and
representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online congressional directory or
call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators'
and/or representative's office.
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
yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as:
"Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose
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.
Tips on writing
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, this list of helpful suggestions will
improve the 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.