Thoughts and Data
This is the most important part of the process BEFORE contacting a member of Congress. Good organization will help staff unmistakably understand the situation and previous attempts to resolve the problem.
In one or two short statements, WRITE down clearly what it is you want to accomplish. Make a detailed list of names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information those persons with whom you have worked with to settle the dilemma. Inventory a copy of all the forms, letters, and other supporting documents you have, and retrieve a copy of any missing important information. Through their online website, review your Representative’s or Senators’ position on the larger issues of interest as they relate to your case.
- What is it you want them to know?
- What is it you want to say?
- Do you have all the necessary information?
- Can it be verified by documentation?
- Know your Congress member’s political position.
- Are you registered to vote? (Elected officials especially want to help people who can vote for them.)