It’s time to talk to your members of Congress!
Representatives and Senators have left Washington for a two-week recess, April 7 – 23.
During the last recess, the outpouring of outrage about repealing the health care law forced Speaker Ryan to pull the bill – they didn’t have the votes.
We can’t stop now – Congress is about to make funding decisions for the rest of this year, and is starting to consider Trump’s new budget proposals. If they cannot agree on extending this year’s funding by April 28, much of the federal government will shut down. The choices are profoundly important: will the federal government slash human needs programs to build a border wall and add billions to the Pentagon? Will Congress insert poison pill policy riders that reduce environmental, labor, consumer, or health protections? Will they target the most vulnerable people, including immigrants and the poor?
Your voice is needed – to hold members of Congress accountable and to support those who want to do the right thing.
Here are 3 ways you can talk to Congress:
1. Organize a Community Meeting or Call with your Representative or Senators:
Call your representative’s local office and tell them you want to schedule a meeting. Be prepared to tell them specifically what you want to talk about: for instance, Pentagon funding, the government funding that expires on April 28, or “poison pill” budget riders, among other possibilities. You can also schedule a conference call. Be prepared to meet with a staff member who will convey your concerns to your representative, but also be prepared to meet the representative him or herself. One couple we know requested a meeting, and their representative came to their home to meet with them and their neighbors! For questions to ask your member of Congress, click here.
2. Attend a town hall meeting scheduled by your Rep. or Senator:
Hundreds of public meetings have been scheduled by members of Congress this recess. Find them by going to the website https://townhallproject.com/. Or call your Representative or Senators’ offices to ask whether they will be holding constituent meetings. For questions to ask your member of Congress, click here.
3. Sign the Petition: We Need a People’s Budget:
This one is simple – any individual is welcome to voice support for a positive agenda to invest in economic security and shared prosperity.
For questions to ask your member of Congress, click here.