Effective Letters to Capitol Hill


Is your Congressman or Senator on a committee that will make major decisions about your way of life? Is there a floor vote on a bill that could effect your livelihood? Or ever heard your Congressman or Senator on the news and felt he or she was misinformed?

When this frustrating situation occurs, there is something you can do: write a letter. Policymakers from the White House to the Cabinet to Congress do pay attention to the letters they receive.

Some letters, of course, are more effective than others. The following are some tips for writing effective letters.


Address your letters:
The Honorable _________
US House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515
The Honorable _________
US Senate
Washington DC 20510
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20500

Telephone calls to policymakers can be as effective as letters, sometimes more so, if time is an issue. And the phone is faster than letters. All Congressmen have offices in their home states and districts. When concerned about an issue, pick up the phone and the closest office. Staff members there do relay messages to DC, and many offices report that ten phone calls on an issue have greater impact than ten letters.


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