Everything You Need to Know About Calling Congress
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Everything You Need to Know About Calling Congress

Information to help you contact your congressional leaders.

Everything You Need to Know About Calling Congress
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If you're looking for an easy way to lobby congress and speak up about an issue that's important to you, here it is: call congress.

Calling your congressional leaders is one of the easiest ways to contact congress. Generally speaking, it takes a minute or less, and all you have to do is tell them who you are and why you're calling.

When you call the office of a congressional leader, odds are you will either speak to an intern or get the answering machine. Regardless of who you speak to, the issue you are calling about will get marked down in a call log which will get passed onto the congress member, so they are able to see which issues matter to their constituents.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, know it can take 7-10 members (sometimes more or less) from a district calling about a bill in order for a congress member to co-sponsor it. When you call, keep this in mind and encourage your friends and family to call as well!

Second, give your leaders a call to action when you call. Say, "Please protect funding for the International Affairs Budget" rather than, "The International Affairs Budget is an important issue for me." This way, your leader knows what you are asking, and what you want them to do.

Third, be consistent! Calling at least once a week can help get the issue at the front of your leader's radar. Also remember there is power in numbers! Mobilize your friends and family.

Happy calling!

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