When Congress is on recess, most lawmakers return to their home states to connect with their constituents. That makes it a great opportunity to invite your members of Congress to an event or site visit, set up a meeting at their local office, attend their town hall, or find other personal ways to deliver your message about the issues facing older adults in your community.
- Feb. 17-25
- Mar. 24 – Apr. 8
- Apr. 28 – May 6
- May 26 – June 3
- June 30 – July 8 (House also June 29, July 9)
- July 27 – Aug. 3 (House only)
- Aug. 4 – Sept. 3
- Sept. 8-11
- Sept. 15-24 (House; Senate recess only Sept. 19 plus weekends)
- Oct. 6-8 (House also Oct. 5)
- Oct. 13-26 (House)
- Nov. 17-25 (House also Nov. 26)
- Target adjournment: Dec. 14
5 Steps to Connect with Your Lawmakers
- Find your legislators’ contact information using our Action Center.
- Prepare for an in-person meeting or host a site visit with your legislator.
- Attend a town hall meeting if there’s one in your area.
- Get prepared with our Advocacy Toolkit.
- Tell us how it went. Your response will help us track our advocacy efforts.
Talking Points: FY18 Appropriations
The challenge: The Administration’s budget request for FY18 proposes cuts, and even elimination, of a number of programs that older adults and their families rely on. Congress has indicated that it will pursue its own path for for the FY18 budget, but some of these cuts could still be adopted in this challenging funding environment when lower budget caps and threats of sequester cuts return.
Key messages and learn more:
Visit the Federal Budget Advocacy Toolkit for key messages on SHIP, SCSEP, Falls Prevention, and CDSME. Additional background information can be found on our Federal Budget page in our and Issue Briefs.
Remember to Say Thanks
If you are able to meet with your members of Congress, don’t forget to send a thank you. It’s an important way to build the relationship. Send a traditional thank you letter through the mail and express your appreciation in a public way through social media.
- Use our sample thank you letter to get started.
- Look up your delegation’s social media info using Twitter’s verified list.
Then Share It!
Sharing your advocacy efforts will encourage others to join in the effort. Tweet a photo from your meeting or post a recap on Facebook. Be sure to mention the member of Congress in the post to publicly recognize their willingness to learn more about their senior constituents.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the NCOA Public Policy & Advocacy team.