Advocacy Toolkit: Recess 2018


Making the most of the Congressional recess

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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.

2018 Recesses

  • 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

  1. Find your legislators’ contact information using our Action Center.
  2. Prepare for an in-person meeting or host a site visit with your legislator.
  3. Attend a town hall meeting if there’s one in your area.
  4. Get prepared with our Advocacy Toolkit.
  5. 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 and House appropriations bills for FY18 proposed cuts, and even elimination, of a number of programs that older adults and their families rely on.

Current status: Learn about the budget deal that triggered efforts to craft a final FY18 omnibus appropriations package that brought good news for aging services.

Key messages and learn more: Thank your members of Congress for supporting services and benefits for seniors and their families. Visit the Federal Budget Advocacy Toolkit for key messages. Additional background information can be found on our Federal Budget page and in our Issue Briefs.

Talking Points: FY19 Appropriations

The challenge: The Administration’s budget request for FY19 reiterates many of the cuts and eliminations proposed for programs that older adults and their families rely on.

Current status: The House and Senate are working on their own FY19 proposals. Last year’s budget deal will provide room to spare programs from cuts and make some new investments.

Key messages and learn more: Visit the Federal Budget Advocacy Toolkit for key messages, and access background information on our Federal Budget page and in our 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.

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.