To help ensure that you submit your messages to Congress through this online method accurately, we have provided you with the steps needed to make sure your messages reach the correct congressional offices. Here is a visual display of the steps needed to submit your messages to your elected representatives correctly through contactingcongress.org:
1.) Visit USPS’ Look up ZIP Codes™ webpage and enter the address where you are registered to vote. Once you have entered your home address, you will see your 9-digit zip code. Copy your 9-digit zip code.
2.) Next, find out who your U.S. Representative is who represents you in your Congressional District. Visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find and enter your 9-digit zip code you copied after completing Step 1 of this process.
3.) Once you know who your U.S. Representative is, visit contactingcongress.org and type in your 5-digit zip code in the zip code search box in the top left corner of the Contacting Congress website:
Once you have typed in your 5-digit zip code, the site should pull up three of your elected representatives in Congress (two Senators and one House Member). However, it may pull up more than one U.S. Representative. If you completed Steps 1 and 2 of this process as mentioned earlier, you will know which U.S. Representative to choose on the Contacting Congress site before proceeding to Step 4.
4.) After you have typed in your 5-digit zip code, the Contacting Congress site will display your three elected representatives (unless you fall into the situation as noted before in Step 3). You will be sending emails to your two Senators and your U.S. Representative. Click on the email icon for all three of your elected representatives, one-by-one.
5.) Each elected representative’s congressional website is different, but they may have similar email forms set up for their office. You will need to refer now to the letter you have personalized for each of your congressionally elected representatives so you can copy and paste in your message addressed to the correct elected representative. Remember, the Senate letter will be asking the Senator to co-sponsor the Electronic Signature Standards Act in the U.S. Senate (the bill number is S. 1074). Your House letter will address your U.S. Representative and you will ask the Member to support the Electronic Signature Standards Act in the U.S. House of Representatives (the bill number is H.R. 3153).
6.) Send your emails! That’s it! You finally made it.
Thank you once again for participating in this grassroots advocacy effort on behalf of all enrolled agents. Please contact Justin Edwards, NAEA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, should you have any questions relating to your advocacy emails or any other government relations concerns you may have. NAEA will do everything we can to help you.
James R. Adelman, EA
National Association of Enrolled Agents