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SAMPLE LETTERS TO REPRESENTATIVES

These are sample letters you can send to your represenative and senators. You can copy them directly or just use them to give you ideas on what to write.

How to use this feature

1. Choose a topic that you want to contact your representative or senator about and copy the text of the letter. If you just want to write your own letter, skip this step.

2. Click on the megaphone above to choose which representative or senator you want to write to. Click on their name to bring you to their information page on our site.

3.Click on the megaphone on their information page. That will take you to the section of their official website where you can email them.

4. If you copied our suggested letter, paste it into the letter section of their page.

Charactreristics of an effective letter

o It shows that you understand the issue you're writing about

o It offers a course of action you would like your representative to take

o It is concise and respectful.

o It lets your representative know that you are a constituent.

What do the different statuses mean?

o Time Critical: There most likely is a bill in Congress that is about to be considered. Time is of the essence in asking your representative and senators to make sure they act on this bill in the way you want them to.

o Active: This is an important issue that affects a large number of people. If there is a bill, it may take writing to your representative and senators to ask them to act on it. If there is no current bill, you can ask them to introduce one.

o Dormant: There is no current action on this issue, but it would help your representative and senators to know your concern about them.

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Minimum Wage

As your constituent, I am asking you to enact a law to increase the minimum wage so that someone working 40 hours in a week would not need public assistance to afford housing, food, and health care. This minimum wage should include workers who now earn a large part of the income from tips.

This would help not only the 16 million Americans who earn less than that, but most Americans, since less would need to be spent on assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and the Earned Income Tax Credit - which are paid for with public tax dollars.

Please be aware that studies conducted in the past 15 years overwhelmingly show that increases in the minimum wage do not cause significant loss of jobs or price increases.

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