Contact Your Members of Congress

Are you ready to key your federal lawmakers into the value of the arts and sciences? Below, are several sample emails that you can copy and paste to send to your Members of Congress.

Contact Your Members of Congress

If possible, boost your impact by taking just a few minutes to make your email more personal with these tips and suggestions. You can also locate contact information for your Members of Congress here.  


Welcome New Members of Congress to Office

Dear <Representative/Senator Last Name]

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I’m writing to congratulate you on your successful election to Congress. I know that you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. That’s why I want you to know that I believe investments in higher education including the arts and sciences are extremely important.

A well-rounded arts and sciences education develops both inventive employees and thoughtful citizens. In fact, countries like China, India, and Singapore are now integrating the arts and sciences into their higher education models to foster more innovation.

I hope that you will make investments in higher education a priority as part of our nation’s efforts to revive the economy and get more Americans back to work. Again, congratulations on your election and please add me to your newsletter list to keep me informed about your activities.

[Sincerely yours,

Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

 

Urge Support for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

 

Dear <Representative/ Senator Last Name>

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I am writing to convey my support for the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and Humanities (NEH). As an integral part of a well-rounded arts and sciences education, investments in the arts and humanities foster a globally competitive workforce, strengthen civic engagement, preserve our heritage, and protect national security.

As you know, the NEA and NEH are the primary sources for arts and humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programming in the United States. Additionally, NEA and NEH funding strengthen the cultural infrastructure of communities like ours in every state and territory across the nation.

I know you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. The NEA and NEH are outstanding stewards of the relatively small amount of federal support they receive annually. That’s why I want you to know that I believe that federal investments in the NEA and NEH should be a stronger priority.

Thank you for your service and please add me to your newsletter list to keep me informed about your activities.

Sincerely yours,

[Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

 

 

Express Concern about Probes into Select National Science Foundation Grants

 

Dear <Representative/ Senator Last Name>

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I am writing to express my concerns about recent Congressional inquiries into the value of select National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and Congressional efforts to remove NSF funding for social and political science research.

Clearly, Congress has a duty to conduct constructive oversight of federal agency activities and federal agencies. However, I believe that the recent congressional probes into select NSF grants are disruptive to a merit review process that funds the best research and removes these decisions from the political process.

For similar reasons, I am strongly opposed to efforts to remove NSF funding for social and political science research. These restrictions would significantly impede NSF’s flexibility to deploy its funds to support the best ideas.

Please add me to your newsletter list to keep me informed about your activities.

Sincerely yours,

[Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

Tips and Suggestions to Make Your Call More Personal

  • Keep your message as short, simple, and specific as possible. If you can, reference pending legislation in your state or specific budget line items.
  • Tell a brief personal anecdote when possible to tie your message back home for your legislator.
  • Ask for a response by indicating you would appreciate a reply on the issue.
  • Follow up when appropriate by thanking your legislator when you agree with there votes or informing them when you disagree.

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