Visits with Elected Officials
A personal visit generally has a more immediate impact and longer lasting impression than a letter. Every Member of Congress has at least one local office in the district, and most have several.
Congressional district offices are staffed with people whose jobs revolve around communicating with constituents like you. There are no barriers to stopping by these local offices and establishing relationships with the Representative’s or Senator’s staff. Don’t feel put off by meeting with a staff member. They are essential advisors to legislators. Also, many of these offices are not staffed full time so please check to ensure they are open if you plan to stop in.
Your Member of the House of Representatives will be home November 1 – 11, 2019. Make an appointment to discuss H.R. 3772
Simply call or email a district office to set up an appointment to meet with your elected representative when he or she is back in town. Getting an appointment is easier if you already have an established relationship with district staff.
If you are having difficulty scheduling a meeting, we can help! Please contact Stacie Aman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for Your Meeting
- We will provide you with the leave-behind information you need to bring to the meeting.
- Call ahead for an appointment and tell them you wish to discuss R. 3772, The Medicare Diagnostic Radiopharmaceutical Payment Equity Act of 2019.
- Time with legislators is extremely important, so have an agenda. Ask staff ahead of time how much time you will have and plan accordingly.
- Don’t be disappointed if you only meet with staff. Staff play a key role in advising elected officials. Treat a meeting with staff as you would a meeting with any elected official.
- Expect them to say they will have their staff “look in to the issue.” That’s ok and an opportunity for follow-up at a later date.
- Volunteer yourself as a local source of expertise.
- Stick to FACTS.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, that’s ok. State that you will get back to them and we can help you find the answer they are looking for.
- Be a good listener, even if the legislator disagrees with aspects of our position.
- Leave the meeting with an ask to support H.R. 3772
- Follow-up with a personal thank you note or e-mail. We can provide a sample.