When writing to your U. S. Representative or Senators, keep in mind the following rules of thumb:
- Stick to one subject.
- Be brief.
- Be factual.
- Include the bill number and title (i.e. The Rare Diseases Act, P.L. 107-280, The Rare Diseases Orphan Product Development Act, P.L. 107-281).
- Get personal. Be courteous. Describe how the legislation impacts you. Include key information, using examples to support your position.
- Ask for Action!
- When you receive a reply, study the argument and refute logically, if applicable. If your representative or senators agree with your arguments, a thank you note is most appropriate.
- Your personal letter, written on your personal stationery, will send a strong message: I am a constituent. I vote. The issue is very important to my family and me.
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