Make sure to visit the Heritage Action Dashboard and check with the local district offices prior to attending your local meeting.
Does this sound familiar?
It is important to know that regardless of whether a staff member gives you a definitive answer, your ideas and concerns are being heard.
Here is what typically happens when you call a Congressional office.
The staff member will answer the phone and take note of your concern. Pithy, fact-based inquires about where your representative stands will always go further than yelling or resorting to abusive comments. If the staff member reveals very little information on where the representative stands on an issue, do not lose hope. Your voice has been heard.
Throughout the day, a staff member will receive hundreds of calls and emails on a variety of topics. Staffs update and maintain a quick tally on the most talked about issues. Depending on the quantity of those constituent interactions, the member of Congress, Chief of Staff, or Legislative Director will identify concerns that are also most important to a district. If a certain issue reaches a particularly high volume of call-ins, a member will have no choice but to defend his or her position and issue a response.
Now you might be saying, “Well I track their actions in Congress, contact them on issues that they will be voting on, and still I receive no answer.” This means more inquires about these issues are needed. New names and addresses flowing into their offices raises the level of concern for those members. The staff will assume constituents are becoming increasingly educated on these issues and that the grassroots in their district is organized and motivated. When members lack control over the narrative in their district, they know the status quo has been threatened.
All jobs require persistence and dedication to achieve a successful outcome. Congressional accountability is no different. Calling, emailing, writing – these are all critical in the fight for lasting accountability.
Check out this Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor from Sentinel Clay Hamlin. Clay is the founder of the Hamlin Family Foundation and the CEO of CITRS, a non-profit character education company catering to K-12 schools.
Clay’s letter corrects a common misconception about immigration and the grassroots movement. He explained the grassroots is “solidly in favor” of reforms to our immigration system, including “securing our borders, allowing temporary guest workers where needed, using E-Verify, awarding green cards to highly educated foreigners who are potential ‘job creators,’ derailing ‘chain immigration’ and many other beneficial reforms.” He then added this very important point:
Sixteen million people, have healthcare plans that are not grandfathered in under Obamacare, which means that they will ultimately lose their current health plans.
Congress’ August recess is over, and Sentinels made it a success. When the Members of Congress wouldn’t host a town hall to hear from their constituents, Sentinels hosted their own. When the Members of Congress did host a town hall, Sentinels were there, demanding an answer to the question: will you defund Obamacare?