Although not as effective as letters, telephone calls are very important—especially when the respective legislation is being debated or voted upon. A constituent will rarely get through to a member of Congress on the telephone, but talking to or leaving a message for the relevant staff person definitely has an impact. Remember to identify yourself as a Unitarian Universalist.
You: Hello, my name is ___(your name)__. I’m a constituent from ____(home town)____. Could I please speak to the Legislative Assistant who handles ____?
Congressional Office: Hi, this is XXXX, how can I help you?
You: Hello, this is ___(your name)__ from ___(home town) ____. As a citizen and a Unitarian Universalist, my values call me to support __(your issue)__. Therefore, I’m calling to ask that the Representative (or Senator) support ______. (If there is a specific bill number, reference it.)
Congressional Office: I will let the Congressman/woman know that we talked and make sure that he/she takes a look at the bill.
You: Thank you for your time. I hope that Rep. (or Sen.) XXXX will support this much needed legislation. Can I get your email so that I can follow up with you on this issue? Thanks again.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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