My Letter to Congress
Commit to writing a Letter to Congress
Finalize plan for my letter
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What am I writing to Congress about?
Is it a topic or an issue I'm passionate about?
Write your quick thoughts and notes here to keep in mind.
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Figure out my intention
Figure out when you want to send or email your letter and add dates to your timeline.
Do you know the congressional timeline of this issue? Is a relevant bill up for a vote?
Here's a link to relevant Congressional calendars to assist with your planning:
Add dates to my timeline
Take a look at the milestones and tasks in your timeline.
Is there anything missing or do you need to make adjustments?
Add tasks or edit/reorder tasks/milestones as necessary.
Do a quick overview of my gameplan
Collect information for my letter
Contact info for senators can be found here:
Contact info for representatives can be found here:
Add in addresses/emails here for use in your letter here for reference:
Research contact info for my representative or senator
It's not necessary to cite the things you talk about in your letter, especially since you should keep it brief.
However, it always helps to be informed!
Research on Congress, U.S. bills, and important committees:
Add your research items or questions (things you're not clear about) as separate tasks in this milestone. Break your work down whenever possible.
Research on issue or topic you'll be writing about
Here's the contact information for the Supreme Court:
Am I writing to the Supreme Court?
Write draft of my letter
To Your Senator:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
To Your Representative:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The above addresses should be used in email messages, as well as those sent through the Postal Service.
Use the proper form of address
Tip: State why you are writing and who you are. List your full name and address (especially if you want a response).
Use your second paragraph to elaborate.
Tip: Stick with the facts and leave emotion out of it! Provide specific information or evidence about how the topic affects you and others. If a certain bill is involved, definitely cite the correct title and number of the bill.
Tip: This is where you recommend a course of action. Whether it is a vote for or against a bill or a change in policy, be clear about your ask and conclude your letter in a respectful way.
Finalize my letter
Tip: This isn't necessary, but if you feel comfortable sharing your letter, getting a pair of eyes on your letter can always be helpful for advice or proofreading.
Consider, also, using a professional tool such as www.prowritingaid.com
Send for feedback
Paste in your letter in whatever format you're using to submit it.
Whether it's handwritten, typed out and printed or emailed, be sure to keep it to around 1 page.
Tip: Handwritten letters may get you to the top of the pile depending on the representative.
Format final letter
It never hurts to be courteous!
Did I thank the reader for her time?
Tip: Stick with your full name and address. Anything else can be included if you are comfortable or if it pertains to the topic (ie, maybe you're a professional or expert in a certain field).
Include my personal details
Send my letter
Any notes or tasks to add for further work?
Mail it, Email it, Post it--whatever!
Share & build support for my letter
You've taken the time to plan and write a powerful letter. Now, take the time to share your efforts with your personal network and help amplify your message to Congress.
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Share my letter writing with personal networks
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Think about other subjects, causes, or issues you're passionate about.
If you want to contact your representative about these issues, consider replicating this letter from 'smart projects' in your project dashboard.
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