Making Your Voice Heard
© 2001 Melissa Kaplan
Note: In the aftermath of anthrax-infiltrated regular mail in 2001/2002, all paper mail addressed to the Senate, House and other federal offices in Washington, D.C., is carefully checked for contamination. This delays the delivery of paper mail for several weeks. So, if you want to get your message delivered quickly, it is better to use phone, fax or email.
We've all been where just getting up to brush our teeth has been the major activity of the day, one that results in an immediate collapse. Fortunately, there are several options available for anyone who wantsto get a letter out to senators and representatives:
3. Call the Capitol switchboard toll-free at 1-888-723-5246 and tell them who your senator/rep is, and they will put you through to their office - where you can tell them briefly what you are concerned about. You can also ask for their fax number. If you live in the 202 area, call the switchboard at 202-225-3121.
4. For State legislatures, look in the State pages of your phone book, or locate your legislators through sites such as National Conference of State Legislatures. For state governors, look in the State pages of your phone book, or use FirstGov's Governors list.
7. Write the Washington office:
9. Senate email addresses (for those who have them) can be found through www.senate.gov as well as:
10. Also check out Contact the Congress, a bi-lingual English/Spanish site for for congressional webmail and email.
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Yourself On Written Communications!
Not only is it courteous, it enables someone to get back to you, even if it is nothing more than a form letter thanking you for contacting The Honorable Whomever. And who knows? You may be surprised, as I was one day, when I answered my phone and found the health care specialist in my state representative's local office on the line, with questions the representative had about some points in a letter that I cc'd her on.
To penalize a person, or discount their request or views simply because they are, for any number of physical or neurological reasons, unable to handwrite or write legibly enough to make the effort worthwhile, is discrimination, pure and simple. You might mention that in your typed or emailed letter - it is bound to get the attention of the aide whose job it is to read all the mail received in the office.
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