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Calling Your Member of Congress

A quick and effective way of letting members of Congress know your position on an issue is a phone call. When legislators get several phone calls from constituents on issues or legislation, they begin to pay more attention. When making a phone call to the office of your member of Congress, be sure to include the following information:

  • Who you are. Let the legislator’s office know that you are a constituent, a social worker, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • The issue and your position on it. Give your position on an issue or piece of legislation. If you would like for the legislator to co-sponsor a piece of legislation let them know that. For pending legislation, let them know the bill number (e.g. H.R. 111 or S. 253) as well as the name of the bill (e.g. Keeping Children and Families Safe Act). Sometimes several pieces of similar legislation are pending at the same time.
  • How to contact you. Remember to leave your address and telephone number so that you can receive a response from your member of Congress.

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