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Supporting Legislation

Support S.1018 Legislation

VAMA is currently supporting S.1018. Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017. See the Bill.

You can follow the progress of S.1018

You can help us support this legislation by writing and mailing or emailing to your representative. We have an example letter that you can use and send.


How to contact your Representatives

  • For the phone number of a member of Congress, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  • Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information Congressional session.

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Why should you do it?

Personal letters show that you really care about the issue. Fax or e-mail the letter. Postal mail to the U.S. Congress has slowed down considerably after increased security. You can still mail a letter, but need more lead time for delivery. Never underestimate the power of a constituent's letter.


What you need to know before you send a letter

  • Keep it short. Be concise and limit your letter to one or two pages. 
  • Use the appropriate address and salutation. Use the correct title, address, and salutation, and remember to use spell check after completing your letter.

For Senator : 

The Honorable John Q. Smith
U.S. Senate
111 Address
Washington, DC 20010

Dear Senator Smith: 

For Representative : 

The Honorable John Q. Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
111 Address
Washington , DC 20010 

Dear Representative Smith: 

 

Identify yourself. Let your legislator know that you are a constituent.

Be polite. Like most of us, legislators will respond better to positive communication. Start by recognizing their support on other legislation. 

Explain your position. Talk about how the legislation has affected you or the people you serve. You use the VAMA sample letter as backbone.

Ask for a response. Be clear about what you would like your legislator to do—for example, vote for a piece of legislation, co-sponsor legislation, or offer an amendment—and request a reply to your letter. 

Establish yourself as a resource. You are an expert in your field and can offer to provide additional information regarding the field, the issue, and the effect of proposed legislation.