Throughout the summer months, Members of Congress return to their home states for in-district work periods, or recesses, which present an important opportunity for advocates to talk with their Representative and Senators about pressing heart disease and stroke policy issues. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the summer recesses…
1) Make a note of when the recesses are scheduled:
Memorial Day Recess
May 27th- May 31st
Independence Day Recess
July 1st- July 5th
August 5th- September 6th
2) Contact the American Heart Association Advocacy staff in your state to let them know you’re interested in helping during the summer recesses. They will be able to provide you with information on the hot heart and stroke issues we’re urging Congress to act on and recommend ways to connect with your legislators.
3) Visit your legislators’ website to sign-up for their e-newsletter and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. These are great ways to know about the events your Members of Congress will be attending or hosting during the various recess periods. From town hall meetings, to summer office hours, to parades they’ll be marching in, there are many opportunities to chat with your lawmakers about their support for key heart and stroke issues.
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