Please contact our Members of Congress – our Senators and Representatives in the House – about issues that concern you: even if they are clearly on our side. Part of the political process is the general public communicating with the people who represent us in DC. They understand that constituents need to be heard: and they have outreach directors, interns and other staffers whose job it is specifically to hear us. They encourage our input so that they can vote in ways that make us happy, so that they can win our votes 😉
She asks us to protest the tax scam: FB vid: 15 secs.
Arrange a Meeting
Come With Us on Tuesday
People from all over the Seattle area meet with the senators’ staffers regularly from 12:30-1:30 on Tuesdays. Join us!
The main staffers that we interface with on Tuesdays:
Kate Baumgartner, Senator Murray’s Outreach Director: email & Tommy Bauer, Senator Cantwell’s Outreach Director email.
Call, Write, Email or Fax Your MoCs
The Members of Congress read the phone, mail, email and fax tally every week and use the number and type of contacts to reinforce their speeches on the floor. They also read the real life stories that we tell them, and use them to demonstrate how the issues affect their constituents in real ways. They like us to leave detailed messages – and email them if they are long, so that they are easier to send digitally. Calls count the same as letters, emails or faxes.
About Emails, Letters or Faxes
When you email, mail or fax, please have a clear and detailed title about your personal experience with the issue on the message to help them: and if you list personal stories include a phone number, name and ailment or issue so that they can verify with you if they want to use the story to reinforce a point, or clarify.
For instance, “Re. New healthcare bill: Opioid Issue affecting the Number of Homeless”.
If you mail a letter, it goes through a screening process at an external facility and will generally be delayed by 2 or 3 days unless they have mechanical problems, which could delay it a little more, according to GPO.gov.
Call, Email, Mail or Fax Other MoCs
Call, mail, email or fax Members of Congress in other states and districts and tell them how you feel about legislation.
It is worth telling them that you are calling about a national issue and leave your name and state, along with heartfelt personal information about how the bill will affect you. Some of the MoCs in other states will tally your call, letter or email in, and some won’t: but the fact that you contact them along with so many others will definitely be noticed, and that is the point.
Not comfortable contacting those in other areas? Find your friends in other areas: here.
Especially about Healthcare
Tell them our healthcare stories so that they can share them in Congress.
They particularly want healthcare stories about opioid addicts who have been helped by Obamacare or Medicaid because this is such a huge issue, and it enables them to push for more money for that care in the new healthcare bill.
Write a LTTE
Once a week, members of Congress go through what the press have said about them. This includes letters to the editor. They pay attention to the opinions of people who vote for them: and influence others online, in print and in person. In addition, letters access millions of people across the country – which is especially important in rural areas.
In a Republican District
Newspapers in Reichert’s district: PDF.
Newspapers throughout WA: PDF.
Newspapers throughout KY (McConnell’s state): PDF.
Newspapers throughout Wisconsin (Paul Ryan’s state): PDF.
Newspapers throughout Oklahoma: PDF.
A great example of the importance of sharing your stories!
Excerpts below, full story linked.
“…U.S. Sen. Patty Murray[‘s] staff in September 2014 listened to Griffin’s litany of complaints, from hospitals not providing sexual-assault forensic exams to police and prosecutors’ seemingly callous treatment of traumatized victims. “I just laid it all out there,” Griffin says. “And the thing that her team really picked up on was this lack of access to rape kits in hospitals.”
“And so, spurred by Griffin’s experience, Murray started making moves. She wanted to know what the state of things was both in and outside of King County, so she asked the Washington State Hospital Association to survey its member hospitals. The report found that most Washington hospitals—79 percent—can technically provide forensic exams for survivors. However, in part due to the difficulty of maintaining a consistent pool of trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), nearly three-quarters of hospitals surveyed refer patients to other hospitals at least some of the time.”
“All in all, things look better for survivors in Washington these days—but less so across the nation. The vast majority of U.S. emergency rooms do not have access to SANEs, according to the International Association of Forensic Nurses; CEO Sally Laskey says only about 17 percent do. And when Murray, following her request for a Washington survey in 2015, requested a national report from the Government Accountability Office, that report found not only a lack of trained SANEs, but also a startling lack of data around the issue, period.
In May 2016, Murray introduced the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA). It would, among other things, provide the resources to conduct a detailed national survey of the kind done in Washington to determine where the gaps are. It would also implement federal standards of care (none exist right now), a grant program to expand access to SANE training, a national task force to address the quality of the exams, and a national best-practices clearinghouse so that health-care providers can improve the quality of care.”
2948: Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act or SASCA