How to Call In:
Calling your Members' of Congress offices is a proven effective way of advocating. Congressional offices give greater consideration to advocacy outreach that takes effort, making phone calls more consequential than emails. Calling also does not require a large time commitment, because staff who answer the phones will usually take a message and pass it to their colleague who works on the issue you are calling about.
Below we outline the steps you can take to call your Congressional office in Washington, DC and a script for those calls. We also link to a tool you can use to find your Congressional in-district office phone numbers. The tool will ask you to fill out a form beforehand so that it can identify who your Members of Congress are. Once you have filled out that form it will show you their district phone numbers, a script and instructions (you have to click on the instructions tab to read them).
Option 1: Call the Congressional switchboard .
1. Dial (202) 224 3121.
2. Ask for your Members of Congress - the ANCOR Amplifier can help you identify who they are, or you can give the switchboard operator your city and zip code.
3. The switchboard operator will transfer you to front desk of the office you want, where a staffer will take your message and add you to their internal tallies of issues about which constituents are voicing concerns.
Due to the current high amount of calls to offices in DC, you might have to call several times before you get through or leave voicemail after selecting options on a touchtone menu. However, advocates using the switchboard have had more success talking to staff than those calling offices directly. If you have an extra minute, please contact your ANCOR Government Relations staff to let us know how your call went, so we can keep track of which offices are hearing from our members.
Here is a short script you can use:
“Hello. I am a constituent who cares deeply about policies that impact people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. I have been following the development of AHCA and am calling to say that the most recent changes, especially those removing essential benefits from market plans, are unacceptable. Essential benefits like mental health services and rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices are essential for people with disabilities and are non-negotiable for the folks that I support. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones, but please stress to the Member of Congress that repealing these key services harms people with disabilities.”
Option 2: Call your Members of Congress’ district (in-state) offices directly.
Use the tool below to do so - the same scripts are embedded in the tool so you can read from them as you call.