Send your 2018 wish list to Congress.
As the year draws to a close and our members of Congress have wrapped up 2017’s session, we’re reflecting on the actions that our elected officials took this year and looking ahead to our hopes for 2018. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to send a New Year’s card with your political wish list for 2018 to your members of Congress (regardless whether they’ve been naughty or nice).
It’s been a heated year in Congress, to say the least. 2017 saw the lifetime appointment of a number of young conservatives to the judiciary and the passage of a controversial tax reform bill that conveniently did away with the Obamacare individual mandate (after the GOP failed to legitimately succeed in health care reform) and opened an Arctic wildlife refuge to oil drilling. Issues like the uncertain fate of DACA Dreamers and the limited funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) still hang in the balance for the beginning of 2018 -- and that’s just a few off the top of our heads. Today we’re taking the time to hone in on the issues that matter to us most and share them with our members of Congress in a card that will be waiting for them when they return to their DC offices early next month:
Use a leftover holiday card that you didn’t send out, repurpose the artwork from the card Grandma sent you, or get your Pinterest on and craft up the card of your dreams (it doesn’t have to be “yuge” like 45’s). Not into the holidays? Just grab any scrap paper you have around.
Reflect on the issues that have mattered the most to you this year. Was one of them your New Year’s Revolution? Or an issue you just became passionate about this year? Did your Senators and Rep do anything that you were particularly proud of or upset by? Take a few minutes to search for articles on them and review their Twitter feeds to find out where they stand on the issues that matter to you.
Craft your own message, or feel free to use our suggested script below:
Dear Senator/Representative (NAME),
Thank you for representing (your state/district).
(If they’ve been nice) I appreciate that you were outspoken this year in your (opposition to/support of) (issue(s) that matters to you).
(If they’ve been naughty) I was disappointed that you did not support (issue(s) that is/are important to you) this year.
It is my hope that in 2018 you will work to advocate for (issue(s) that matter(s) to you) in Congress. This/These issue(s) is/are important to me because (insert a personal reason).