Rolling Advocacy

United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for benefits and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities.

United Spinal encourages everyone to get involved and be an advocate and activist. We can facilitate change if we join together and pursue it. Get Advocacy Alerts

To find your senators’ and representative’s phone numbers, fax numbers and addresses, you may use our searchable directory to the left or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your senators’ and/or representative’s office.

Telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress:

  • Be sure to ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue that you are calling about.
  • Identify yourself to the aide.
  • Let the aide know if you are a constituent (someone who resides in the elected officials district).
  • Tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as: “Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose “___/H.R.___).” You should also state reasons for your support or opposition.
  • Ask for your senators’ or representative’s position on the bill.
  • You may also request a written response to your telephone call.

Tips On Writing Congress

The letter is the most popular choice of communication with a congressional office. If you decide to write a letter, the following suggestions will increase the effectiveness of the letter:

  • Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter.
  • If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House bill: H. R. ____, Senate bill: S.____.
  • Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.
  • Address only one issue in each letter; and, if possible, keep the letter short.

Addressing Correspondence:

To a Senator: The Honorable (full name)
Rm.# (enter appropriate room number)
Senate Office Building
United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510
An appropriate salutation is “Dear Senator”.

To a Representative: The Honorable (full name)
Rm.# (enter appropriate room number)
(name of)House Office Building
United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515

An appropriate salutation is “Dear Representative”

When writing to the Chair of a Committee or the Speaker of the House, it is proper to address them as: Dear Mr. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman:Dear Madam Speaker or Mr. Speaker:

Tips On E-mailing Congress

Generally, the same guidelines apply as with writing letters to Congress. You may find and e-mail your senators and representative directly from this Web site.