Calling Congress FAQ’S
Political offices tally every single call they receive and a weekly summary of calls is given to the political leader. Anyone making a 30-second Congressional call can get the issues or a specific bill noticed by their Congressional leader.
What is a Congressional Call? A 30-second call to your congressional leaders’ offices to express support for a specific bill.
Do I need to be an expert on politics or the issue to call? Nope. You’re a citizen telling the people elected to represent you back in Washington, D.C. that _____ policy is important to you. The job of the person answering the phone (usually an intern) is simply to take down your information. You won’t be quizzed. At most, they might ask for your address or zip code to verify that you live in the Congressional leaders' district.
What do I say? “I’m a Do You Democracy supporter and I would like to see (Representative name) support (Bill name).” That’s all there is to it.
Who do I call? Call the two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative who represent your area.
How often should I call? We recommend calling every week.
What tips do you have for getting in the habit of calling every week? Put your congressional leaders in your cellphone and pick a set day and day to do it each week (ie. Monday evening while sitting in traffic on the way home).
Can I call when the office is closed? Yes. Simply leave a message on the general voicemail. The messages are checked each morning and your call will still be tallied in the memo.
Who’s eligible to call? Anyone who is a U.S. citizen and/or living in the United States can call congress.
Do you have to be 18 or older? No. We’ve seen 1st grade students call.