The House of Representatives is currently on Congressional Recess until September 4th, and the Senate through August 14th. This time is allotted for Members of Congress to work in their districts and engage with constituents in the states they represent. It is also the perfect time for them to hold public town halls and hear the concerns of their constituents live and in person.
Your members of Congress work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties, and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person.
Hold your member of Congress accountable for their actions and demand they face their constituents while they're home. If members of Congress refuse to hold a town hall, request an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns.
NOTE: Select a Local Office to call to get the most up-to-date schedule information from staffers.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling to ask if the [senator / representative] is planning to have any town halls during the spring recess?
[IF YES] I’d like to RSVP. May I please have the details?
[IF NO] Then I’d like to request that the [senator / representative] schedule one. There are many pressing matters we constituents should be able to voice our opinion on face to face.
[OPTIONAL] Would the [senator / representative] or their legislative aide be available to meet with me to talk about [specific issue you find most concerning]? I have concerns I'd like to discuss.
Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
This call is adapted from 5Calls.org, which can be viewed in full here.