Calling Legislators: What to Say
Call your Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121. Press 1 to be connected to your Senators. Here is a script you can use for the call:
Hi, my name is [your name] from [your town]. My zip code is [zip code]. Please thank the Senator/Representative for voting NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Leaders in Congress have proposed paying for the $1.5 trillion increase in the deficit with cuts to safety-net programs like SNAP. 1 in 8 Massachusetts residents rely on SNAP. I urge the Senator/Representative to preserve SNAP, the most effective anti-hunger program.
Thank you for your time.
Repeat the process pressing 1 again to be connected to your other Senator and 2 to be connected to your Representative.
Tips for calling your legislators:
- Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Press "1" to speak to your Senators' offices, press "2" to speak to your Representative's office.
- Make sure to give your name, town, and zip code. This does two things: (1) confirms you're a constituent and (2) allows them to record your call. If you give your full address they may send you an official response.
- Be kind. Passion is great, but the aide answering the phone will not be able to record your passion and will likely not be able to give you a direct response.
- Be brief. Again, the aide is likely just recording your response, so while a long statement might be cathartic, it won't help unless it's a personal story.
- Be specific. If you have a particular bill number, mention it. That way, the aide can register your support or opposition to a specific bill.
We know hunger is often silent, but together we can speak up and speak loudly. Thank you for lending your voice.