How to Tell Your Elected Officials What’s On Your Mind

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In school we all learned about the three branches of government: the legislative (Congress) which makes laws, the executive (president, vice president, cabinet, etc.) which carries out laws, and the judicial (Supreme Court and other courts) which evaluates laws. The laws governing our country are enacted by the 535 men and women we elect to serve in Congress — 100 Senators, two from each state, along with 435 members of the House of Representatives, which are divided among the 50 states based on population.

And as elected officials, it is their job to act on behalf of their constituents. They are accountable to you.

This brings up an interesting point. How can you let lawmakers know what is important to you? The answer is simple — tell them! In addition to their offices in Washington DC, the legislators all have offices at home to serve their community. To locate and contact your Senator click here, and to reach the Representative for your District click here. These sites provide mailing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. You can also reach elected officials through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Securing Social Security’s Future

Remember, members of Congress are in office to serve on your behalf, and, for that reason, they should take an interest in the issues people at home care about. One universal issue is the future of Social Security. Both the House and Senate need to act to help shore up the long-term solvency of our nation’s Social Security program to ensure it’s there for all retirees, today and tomorrow.

Solvency is one of the key points of the Social Security Expansion Act. The Seniors Trust has been working diligently to get this bill enacted in order to provide seniors with bigger monthly benefits and a more equitable formula for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that takes into account the expenses older Americans face such as increasing healthcare costs.  

If this is something you can get behind, please join The Seniors Trust in petitioning Congress to enact this important piece of legislation. Help us make those elected legislators in our nation’s capital here your voice!