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Contacting U.S. Congress

COPAA Members in Washington DCEffective citizen involvement is the key to protecting the rights of children with disabilities. You can write, call and meet with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities.

Meeting with members of Congress and their staff.
Forming relationships with staff in Congressional offices is important. You don't have to come all the way to Washington. Meeting regularly with staff in local Congressional offices helps keep them abreast of special education issues and legislation of importance to you. You can find local offices in the blue pages of your phone book or through the websites of your Congressional Representatives (go to
www.house.gov/and use the Find Your Representative function in the upper left corner) and Senators (go to www.senate.govand click on Senators).

Call Congress 202-224-3121

Ask for the Office of your Senator or Representative, and then ask for the Aide who handles Education or Disability matters. You must know the name of your Representative or Senator. Look it up here:

Representatives Senators

To find local phone numbers, search onilne once you know their name.

TTY: 202-225-1904

Email Representative

House of Representatives

Use this button to email your Representative (Congressperson). All you need is your zip code!

Email Senators


Use this button to find your Senators and send an email using their official contact forms. Click on "Choose a State” to find out who your two Senators are.


Important Congressional Committees

Two Committees have primary jurisdiction over matters related to special education. The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee(HELP) is chaired by Senator Tom Harkin; the ranking member is Senator Michael B. Enzi.

The House Education and Labor Committeeis chaired by Representative John Kline and the ranking member is George Miller. The committee websites have a full list of current membership.

Track Legislation
Once legislation is introduced, you can look up bills and track them on the Library of Congress' website,

Overview of Congressional Process
Learn the
process by whichCongress passes pending legislation into law.

Communication Tips
Read some tips on
writing effective emails and letters to Congress here (courtesy of Leaders in Disability Policy).

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