Contacting Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

1. Find out who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives at House.gov. Use the red “look up” box upper righthand corner of the page. You may need your zip+4 code. Find it here.

Already know your Representative? Great! Make a note of it.

2. Now you are ready to contact them. The result of your search you just made will be on the left side of the page. You will see icons including an envelope. Click on it to email your Representative.

3. We suggest you write something up ahead of time, giving reasons why you think the piece of legislation you are contacting them about should become law, why it is important to you and what you think it will accomplish. Speak from the heart. That’s what they really want to hear.

4. If you are contacting them to cosponsor a bill, you will want to know if they have done that yet. Go to Congress.gov. Use the search box at the top of the page. If you don’t have the bill number, you can look it up using keywords.

Once you have your bill number, there are tabs you click on to do things like view the text of the bill, who has cosponsored it and much more.

They have loads of information. Plus you can sign up for notifications on any bill — House and Senate — you want to keep track of what’s going on.

Telephoning

OR you may prefer to telephone your legislators. A lot of you still do!

The Capitol Hill switchboard number is (202) 224 3121. You must know who they are before phoning. The operator will not look them up for you!

We suggest you do the same, write something up before you call. More below.

PHONE TIPS

1. Be prepared with what you are going to say before you dial! We like to write down what we are going to say so we don’t leave anything out.

2. Be sure to leave your name, address, phone number and email address, and remember to request a response to your phone call.

If you have established an email relationship with your Representative’s office, use it!

U.S. Senate

Contact both of your two U.S. Senators online at Senate.gov or by telephone. They have loads of cool information too.

How a Bill Becomes Law

Go here for a general outline of how a bill becomes law »

Donate

Please make a donation, any amount, to help us monitor the activities surrounding these bills, and lobby to promote their passage. We have never had a better opportunity to outlaw the slaughter of American horses.

Thank you!