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Meet, Call, or Write Congress 

 

 

How to Reach Your Elected Officials

 

The best way to make sure WIPPs message is amplified is for our members to meet, call, and/or write their legislators through their local offices. 

 

Find your Senators.  

 

Find your Representative.

  •  Schedule a meeting with your legislators and/or their staff. Call your district office and be flexible with respect to scheduling. It doesn’t need to be a formal meeting; you can arrange to meet your elected officials after a townhall or another public meeting. You may have to make more than one call to arrange this meeting.
  •  Attend a town hall. An alternative to setting up a one-on-one meeting is attending a town hall meeting. These are open to the public and can generally be found on the Member’s website/social media or by contacting their office. If you attend one of these events, you can request an introduction to the Member. 
  •  Send a letter. You can use the content in this recess alert to send in the form of a letter to your legislator. Contact information can be found through the links above.
  •  Engage on social media. Social media, including Twitter and Facebook, are brief, but well-used avenues for communicating with legislators. Committees also have social media accounts where comments can be directed. 

 

Make the Most of Your Meeting

 

The goal of Congressional outreach during recess is to amplify the message WIPP builds in Washington, D.C. Start by introducing yourself, your company or organization, and sharing information about WIPP. 

 

Three tips to get the most out of your meeting:

  1.  Keep It Simple: Members will likely not know the ins and outs of our policy requests. Likewise, you are not expected to be a policy expert. It is important to share how the issue(s) impacts your organization/business.
  2.  Keep It Concise: These meetings tend to be short. Know what you want to say and focus on the “ask” included with each policy priority.
  3.  Follow Up: Follow up matters. After the meeting, be sure to send the appropriate thank you email to the legislator and any staff members in attendance. If you discussed any items that need to be passed along, please do so in a timely fashion. 
 

Please share with us if you met with a Member of Congress and/or their staff. If the legislator asked you any questions and you need additional information, please feel free to contact the WIPP Advocacy Team at advocacy@wipp.org for assistance.

 

 

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