How To Call Congress to Advocate for Puerto Rico 

Phone calls are a very personal, direct and easy way to contact Congress.  You can call the Washington DC offices or the district offices where they are likely to have more time to talk to you.  If you would like to call your congressional delegation during the National Week of Action for Puerto Rico here is what to do. 

1. Look up your Congressional delegation (2 senators and 1 representative) at Call My Congress (https://www.callmycongress.com)

2. The Washington office numbers will be listed in the Call My Congress link for your Congressional delegation:

202-225-XXXX for the U.S. House of Representatives

202-224-XXXX for the U.S. Senate

3. If you choose to call the district offices click on the GovTrack.us Record link next to your senators and representative’s names. GovTrack will list the members’ websites, which include their district offices’ contact information.

4. Read our script or make up your own but always remember to give your name and zip code so that they can corroborate that you are a constituent. 

Script: 

Introduction:

Hello, my name is BLANK. I'm a constituent from BLANK STATE, zip code BLANK.  May I talk to a staffer about Puerto Rico legislation?

A staffer may or may not be available. Either way the message you leave is the same.

Thanks for taking my call.

I would like Senator BLANK or Representative BLANK to know that I want him/her to:

1)     Support funding for Puerto Rico to rebuild housing, businesses and infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Maria

2)     Provide Puerto Ricans with the same Medicaid and Medicare benefits available in the 50 states; and create job growth incentives for local business and U.S. corporations operating in Puerto Rico. 

3)     Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for at least 2 years to lower the price of imports needed for reconstruction.

4)     Do not levy a 20 percent tax on goods manufactured in Puerto Rico by subsidiaries of U.S. corporations. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.  I ask you to oppose this and similar provisions in the tax reform legislation that treats and penalizes Puerto Rico as a foreign country.

[Provisions in the current tax reform legislation that treat Puerto Rico as a foreign jurisdiction would force U.S. companies operating in Puerto Rico to move to countries with cheaper labor costs, resulting in a loss of 170,000 jobs on top of the more than 32,000 jobs already lost as a result of Hurricane Maria; and, a loss of over $2 billion in tax revenues, which represents about one quarter of Puerto Rico’s tax revenues.]

Conclusion: 

I don't need a response or I would like more information on what the senator/representative is planning to do about this.

Thank you for your time and hard work. 

You can call back on this or other issues as many times as you want. Remember, Congress works for you, not the other way around.

 

 

 

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  • commented 2017-12-02 13:12:45 -0500
    Gracias Gretche for all the work
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