Know Your Issues
When you call, make sure you know what you are talking about, and identify clear problems that your Senator should address. Here is a list to get you started.
- A national defense authorization bill is being contested -- Harry Reid has called this bill being pushed by Republicans "a waste of time," the White House has pledged to veto it, and pledged to block Republican spending bills and an extension on highway funding unless Republicans agree to fund Democratic spending programs and provide a more longterm solution to the transportation budget. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to move the bill forward, driving the issue forward without resolution.
- The Export-Import Bank Charter -- The charter is set to expire at the end of the month, bringing another deadline close at hand in the hyper-partisan environment.
- Federal Transportation Funding -- On July 31st, the budget for all highway construction will run out and construction will be shut down. It may not be the sexiest political issue out there, but the desperate need for improvements in our nation's infrastructure has been a topic for some time. Just ask John Oliver.
- Spending Bills -- We are back to this again. Sen. Mitch McConnell set out to make the Senate function normally by passing spending bills on schedule, rather than continuing the never-ending fiscal cliffs. But Sen. Harry Reid's intention to block GOP spending bills may set the Senate on a collision course mirroring the battles of 2013.
Know What Your Asking For
Whether your Senator is a Republican or a Democrat, they are complicit in the sub-par standards for governance and leadership that we are continually witness to. Because of this, what you say when you call the offices will be relatively similar, whether you are speaking to a Republican or Democrat. Below is a template to help get you started.
"Hello, my name is ______________, and I am a voter from __________________. I am calling to express my extreme disappointment in Senator _______ for failing to show leadership in the upcoming partisan battles in the Senate. It is reckless and irresponsible to continually drive toward deadlines without any mature attempt at seeking compromise, and I feel that the voters of our state deserve better from you.
This isn't some partisan issue you can blame on the other side. I am calling to ask Senator __________ to step up and show some leadership on this, and remind them that they have a responsibility as a leader, and to the voters, to set an example and show that the Senate can work. If the Senate continues this cycle of playing politics with a complete disregard for national welfare, everyone is complicit.
I think the voters of our state, and nationwide, deserve better than this."
Know Who You Are Talking To
They don't make it especially easy for you to contact your representative, but if you are looking for contact information, you can find it all here. You can follow this link to look up their number on the Senate Directory where you can also find ways to email the offices. Or you can use this inexplicably complex PDF provided by the Senate.
If you speak to anyone it will be to someone in the office, or you will be transferred to constituent services. You might not speak to the Senator themselves, but the person you speak to has a voice too. Make your point passionately, call sufficiently, and your voice will be heard.
Does this matter to you? Do you believe government should work? Are you frustrated with the sub-par leadership continually on display? Make your voice heard, not just online through likes, and comments which never reach the people who need to hear it. Make your voice heard to the people in power, because they are paid to listen to you, and if they don't, they are bad at their job.