Is Congress on track with Surface Transportation reform?
- Do not use snail mail. It is irradiated for security purposes and takes at least two weeks to get to congressional buildings. Faxes are the only other option but studies have shown that they are ineffective.
- Find your Senators’ or Representative’s e-mail or postal address here:
- Use “Dear Senator [Last name]” or “Dear Representative [Last name]”
- Introduce yourself as a constituent. In your first sentence, write, “I live in [City], [State].”
- Keep each correspondence to one issue.
- Keep your message simple and specific. Use no more than 3 sentences to explain what you are writing about and what action you would like your elected officials to take.
- State why this issue is important to you.
- Be passionate, but polite. Clearly outline how your elected official’s action can benefit your community.
- Ask for a specific response to your request for action. For example: “I look forward to a response to my comments.”
- DO NOT (a) send form emails or letters, or (b) letters to officials other than those who represent you. Members of Congress usually will not read or respond to requests not made by their constituents.
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