The right to petition Congress is one that is given to all citizens of
the United States, and is outlined in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. Knowing how to effectively petition is important
in ensuring that members of Congress understand the importance the country's citizens place on legislative issues. Drafting
a clear and direct petition helps to make yours stand out from the masses of letters that are seen by congressional staffers
Identify the members of Congress that you wish to target. Gather names,
email addresses and physical office addresses from the House and Senate website, or by contacting the US Capitol switchboard.
Arrange the information on a list so you can personalize the letter going to each member of Congress.
the topic of your petition. If you're contacting a member of Congress to ask them to add funds to an area of education, gather
statistics around the area in your local schools that is currently affected by a lack of funding. Add test scores, dropout
rates and achievements. Jot down information relevant to your personal experience, and state how the area can be improved
if funding is provided.
Create a first draft of a letter, using a professional, left-aligned formal letter style.
State the congressperson's name at the top of the letter. Use a formal salutation such as "Dear Congressman Cleaver,"
and use the first paragraph to describe the situation. Bullet point or number the changes you believe will enhance the program,
supported by statistics and examples of how the changes could be enacted. Summarize the points in a closing paragraph and
request a response. Close the letter with "Sincerely," and print your name under your signature.
the draft of the letter to ensure that the information is clear and professional. Keep the letter to one page if possible,
and try to keep the letter short and to the point.
Create your final draft. Check the letter for grammatical and
spelling errors, omitting unnecessary words whenever possible. Ensure that the letter reads well by reading it aloud for a
friend or family member. Change the name and contact information at the top of each letter to personalize it for each member
Sign your name to the letter and enclose your contact information so congressional staff members
may contact you with questions or for further information.
Email the letter to the members of Congress, or print
it and fax, mail or hand deliver it to the Washington, D.C. offic
Tips & Warnings
You can obtain your congressperson's address by calling the US Capitol switchboard
at 202-224-3121 , or by utilizing the Senate and House website directories.
Petitions can be done by
phone call as well as through writing an email or standard letter. Contact your congressperson by phone during office hours
to follow up on your letter or bring his or her attention to your cause.
Sending a form letter, signed by several people
or sending the same letter to a member of Congress repeatedly may not create the attention desired. Encourage members of a
group to send several personal, individual letters about the same subject to stand out and grab the attention of the congressperson.
Target your members of Congress for the best results. Address your letters to your state's Senators and your district's
Representatives. As these individuals depend on your vote to win elections, getting their support is easier than catching
the attention of a congressional member from another state or district.
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week I will be introducing Audit the Fed to the House of Representatives.
You and I may never have a better chance to pass this important legislation and finally bring transparency
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| The Republican-controlled House and Democrat-controlled Senate are scheming
to sneak through another renewal of the freedom-stealing "PATRIOT" Act while the American public is not paying attention.
That's why it is vital you sign this petition to your representative
and senators DEMANDING they repeal the "PATRIOT" Act.
Petition Congress and make a Deference Now!
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. - Thomas
"No free man shall ever be
debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason
for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort,
protect themselves against tyranny in government"-- Thomas Jefferson
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