Sunday, January 8, 2012

CPR for Writers - a note to your Congress critter

 Writing to Congress? 

Congress critters do rely on your vote, and their staffers do look at the mail that comes in and take action if they can - and if your letter is compelling enough. To get action, Political Action Committees recommend writing a courteous three-paragraph letter structured like this:

1) Why I'm writing. Who I am. Credentials. Name and address for response.

2) Provide factual detail, not just emotion. Be specific, not general when it comes to describing how this affects you and others. If there's a bill, cite the correct title or bill number. (Thomas Legislative Information System can help you find that.)

3) Close by requesting the action you want (a vote for or against a bill, intervention, or a change in policy).