Tips for Meeting with Your Representative
- Be polite and respectful.
- Be persistent. To schedule a meeting with your Congressperson, yourself, and other community members, keep calling the office once or twice weekly until you're on the calendar.
- Make connections. As a community leader, you have a lot in common with your Representative. Tell him or her about your job, your family ties, and your neighborhood. This conversation will help your relationship get started on the right foot.
- Be personal and specific. Tell your Congressperson how the law impacts you, your family, and your community. Don't worry about facts and figures - this meeting is about you and the power of your story. Speak from the heart.
- Try not to let your Representative change the subject - politicians do like to talk, after all. At the end of the meeting, be sure to ask your Congressperson: Will he or she support the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)? Make sure they provide you with an answer.
- If your Representative asks you a question you can't answer, just say so. You are not responsible for knowing every detail about the legislation. Telling your story is the most important action you can take. If you do get a question you can't answer, let us know so that we can help you follow up.
- Tell us - what did your Representative say when you asked him or her to co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)?
- Your visit will help pass UAFA sooner. Thank you!