Want To Stop Trump? Call Congress
The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease
The inauguration is over and it is now our responsibility to be an active and engaged group of citizens. Scary changes are already happening with the new Trump administration (like the removal of WhiteHouse.gov's /lgbt and /disabilities webpages). It is time for us to be the squeaky wheel and hammer our elected representatives with our disapproval or approval of issues. Our collective voices can change the course of the future.
When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.
Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach.
They will send you to your senator's or representative's office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.
Call Congress With A Specific Issue & A Request
*example phone call: "Defunding Planned Parenthood (Bill H.R. 354) is BAD for everyone. Please don't let it get signed into law." *
Phone calls are the BEST way to have your voice heard (forget Twitter or Facebook, or even writing letters -- all of which will be ignored).
Phone calls have to be dealt with when they occur and they can’t be ignored. A large volume of phone calls can be overwhelming for office staffers, but that means that their bosses hear about it.
It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member's office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.
Although you may find it easiest to always call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators or representative, you can also find the direct number to any member's office by consulting the Senate phone list or House phone list at House.gov/representatives
** Don't know the current bills or issues? Don't fret. Just check out Govtrack.us
Be patient and kind: Senate staffers may not have every answer, but they will do their best to help you. They can take hundreds of calls in one day, but they're here to serve you.
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