Have a Republican Representative? Get on the phone and suggest that he or she man up and propose something instead of sitting around like a pouty three-year-old with his finger in his ears. I would feel more sanguine about this fiscal whateverthehellitis except that I have a training grant in review that I need to move forward with my career, and that 8% cut to the NIH could mean my ass.
Congresscritter Conngressperson here.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Guide for first timers below the jump.
(1) Use a phone. Email has nigh on zero impact. Trust me on this. Letter mail gets read and in fact has the most impact of all, but you don’t have time. Reach the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 .
(2) Remember, this person works for you. You pay his or her salary and you voted for them. You’re the boss here, or at least one of them, and it’s they who should worry about what you think of them.
(3) Identify your name and
the town or neighborhood where you live zip code. If you are not a constituent don’t bother. Since you guys never listen to me, at least google a zip code in the appropriate district before you call.
(4) State the issue.
This is easy: pass the Senate bill or the party gets it. We can (and certainly will) fix the shortcomings later. Talking points above.
(5) How strongly do you feel? Don’t apologize about feeling passionate or pissed off. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. However, keep in mind that teabaggers threaten the apocalypse over everything. Interns get jaded pretty fast when call volume is high. Polite but firm is the best way to go.