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Communicating with Congress

Emailing Your Elected Officials

Members of Congress prefer to hear from their constituents by email. It's faster, easier to sort and doesn't present any security risks. In order to avoid having their in boxes flooded with spam and letters from people in other states, Senators and Representatives require people emailing them to supply an address and other information before sending an email. Because of these requirements, however, you cannot email more than one of your elected officials at the same time through their Web sites.

When you're writing Congress, remember to tell your story — explain how this issue is affecting your life in personal terms. You speak for hundreds of other voters who didn't take the time to write, so choose your words carefully. And avoid ALL CAPS!

Sending Letters to Your Elected Officials

You can write directly to your representative through www.Congress.org.

Just follow the procedure for sending an email, but select "Printed Letter" for your delivery option. When you're done, click "Print Letter" and we'll format a document you can print on your home computer, including the correct address for your officials. Don't forget a stamp!

Calling Congress

To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may 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.

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