National Write to Congress Day: Essential Tips for Writing to Your Representative
Want to Let Your Representative Know What You Think about a Certain Issue that Affects Your Community?
If you have any local or national concerns that you’d like U.S. Congress members to address, or you simply want to thank a certain lawmaker for their service, January 3rd is your perfect opportunity to do so. It’s National Write to Congress Day!
This non-official holiday encourages Americans to exercise their democratic rights by writing to their state senators or local district representatives. The special day underscores that citizens have the freedom to air any problems they might have or comment on recent bills that may affect their lives to their elected representatives. They can also send letters to Congress simply to show their appreciation for the work done by certain lawmakers.
If you’re willing to participate in this event but you’re not sure what to write about, you can do some research on timely local and national issues. Another great idea is to encourage your friends, family, and social media contacts to voice out their concerns to their respective Congress representatives as well.
Here’s How to Write to a Member of the U.S. Congress
You may be wondering if the letter you intend to write will make an impact. In a survey of congressional aides, 96% of them revealed that if a Congress member was undecided on an issue, they would count on personalized letters to make their final decision. So, yes, your letter can make an impact.
Now, let’s get to the steps of the letter-writing process:
- Step 1: Introduce yourself.
Start by introducing yourself. State your name and make sure to identify yourself as one of the Congress member’s constituents. List down your credentials and include other important information.
- Step 2: Highlight your topic of concern.
Explain why the issue you’re raising is important not just for you but for your community as a whole as well. Cite relevant facts and personalize the issue. Discuss how it’s affecting your life and those of others. Avoid personal attacks or demands.
- Step 3: Give them reasons to support the issue.
Explain why you think the issue (or bill) matters to your fellow Americans. Look beyond the obvious reasons. For instance, if you’re proposing new measures to help reduce poverty in your area, you should shed light on the effects of poverty reduction on jobs.
- Step 4: Offer recommendations.
Provide suggestions on how you want the Congress member to address the concerns you raised.
- Step 5: Close the letter with an expression of gratitude.
Once you’re done, thank the Congress member for taking the time to read your letter and for considering your views. Let them know that you’re willing to help them in whatever way you can.
Other Tips to Remember:
- Be sure to include your name, address, and contact number in the letter.
- Limit your letter to one page and one subject.
- State your subject clearly in the first sentence or subject line (if you’re sending your letter via email).
- Be polite.
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Exercising your democratic rights to express your concerns to members of Congress can potentially shape the future of your community, state, or even our nation. For instance, you can write on behalf of women in your community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are fighting for their very lives. You can ask your Congress representative for specific assistance regarding this.
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