How To Contact Your Local Representatives (Yahoo Security)

Regardless of political ideology, there is no denying President Donald Trump’s first four weeks in office have been some of the most active and controversial in modern American history. The new White House administration has unleashed a series of contentious executive orders greatly transforming the inner workings of Washington, D.C., scaling back federal regulations, restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations and beginning the process of repealing former President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative, the Affordable Care Act.

As a wave of national protests and widespread criticism of Trump’s socio-political agenda have continued throughout the country, calls for Americans to engage with their local governments and reach out to their representatives were at an all-time high in recent history. As it turns out, getting connected with officials and their offices is easier than what some may have expected – and can be an extremely effective way in having one’s message heard by those elected to represent them.

Anti-Trump protesters rallying outside during the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington March 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters

Contacting local representatives can be easy and convenient and typically takes no more than five minutes. Those interested in reaching out to their state and county officials can find information about their local offices, including addresses and phone numbers, on the U.S. House of Representatives website. Most members of Congress also provide public email addresses through their local offices in order for constituents to send their requests and other communications online.

The House’s site will ask for a user’s zip code in order to locate their nearest representative. Offices accept a range of calls and can connect citizens to additional resources, depending on their specific requests. Though callers have typically been unable to speak directly with their representatives, each elected official has several secretaries and assistants whom report to them each weekday. Callers will speak to these government employees when contacting their local representatives, who will deliver their messages to the appropriate official.

Trump has pushed through the majority of his cabinet appointees with little to no support from the embattled Democratic Party, which failed to block any of the president’s nominees despite thousands of calls to local government offices demanding politicians vote “no” on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

But calls to local representatives haven’t stopped with Trump’s cabinet confirmations – countless Americans were continuing to express their concerns and thoughts on the new president’s administration, as well as a variety of other local and national issues, on a daily basis. 

Find your local representatives’ contact information by clicking here.

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Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 16, 2017 at 10:12PM

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