Picking up the phone and calling your member of congress is a quick and effective way to share your point of view on an issue. Most importantly, office staff keep track of the number of calls they receive on a specific issue so every call really counts. When calling a congressional office, it is good to keep the following in mind:
- Be sure to call your MOC’s Washington, DC office, as the staff there handles Federal legislation. You can find out the telephone number for the offices by visiting www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.
- Before calling, be prepared with a short script that covers the following pieces of information:
- Who you are and where you are from
- Why you are calling and what you would like your member of Congress to do
- Share a brief personal story related to your message
- Thank the staffer for their time
- You can find talking points and statistics that could be helpful materials during your call here.
- When you call, make sure you are talking to the right person. You can briefly mention that you would like to share an opinion on foreign policy and the United Nations.