Visit Your Senators before Labor Day While They’re Still Home on Summer Recess
Pictured: PRO’s President, Jim Mason, in Indiana with local supporters after visiting with Senator Joe Donnelly’s (D-IN) case manager about the Parental Rights Amendment
Dear Champion of Parental Rights,
In case you missed the big news, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Parental Rights Amendment (Senate Joint Resolution 48 , or S.J. Res. 48) on August 1. Senators Blunt (R-MO), Grassley (R-IA), Isakson (R-GA), Risch (R-ID), and Rubio (R-FL) are original cosponsors.
So now is the time to contact your senators and ask to meet with them about this issue. And since August is the summer recess, you will be able to find your lawmakers in your home state rather than having to settle for a phone call or travel to Washington, D.C., to see them.
How to Visit Your Senators
To help you out, we have just posted a step-by-step visit guide on our website. In case you’re in a hurry, I’ll give you a brief run-down right here:
- Set up the meeting. Arrange for friends and family to join you if possible, then make the call and get on your senator’s schedule.
- Prepare. Choose one or two key points you want to make about parental rights (and if there are two or three of you ready to talk, you can each make different points). You can also find some helpful material on our Printable Resources page.
- Show up. Be on time, be patient, and be polite.
- Make your presentation. Parental rights are supported by the vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding common ground and being heard. If they have questions you can’t answer, let them know you will find out and get back to them.
- Follow up. Start with a “thank you” note, but also get those answers you promised them. We’d be happy to help.
- Let us know. You don’t owe us a full report, but we’d love to hear how it went and how we can follow up with your senators when they return to D.C. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want more details? Read the more detailed visiting guide.
When we visited congressmen last month on Capitol Hill, the most promising thing we heard from any of them was, “We know this is an important issue, because we have been getting calls about it from our constituents.” We knew then they would listen to us because they had heard from you.
Right now is your chance to make the same thing happen in the Senate. So please, take the time to make sure your senators hear from you this month, while they are available in your state.
Together, we can see S.J. Res. 48, the Parental Rights Amendment, become a reality!
Director of Communications & Research