The FED UP coalition strongly encourages supporters to continue to carry our message directly to their members of congress about needed change in policy and legislation to stem the national epidemic of opioid addiction. For those supporters planning to contact their members of congress, we offer the following guidance:
- Call the office of your US Senators or member of the House of Representatives and request a brief amount of time to discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on you and/or your family.
- State your name and where you live.
- Ask for a face-to-face meeting with your member of congress as a concerned constituent. Do not be disappointed if the Senator or Representative is unavailable and you are assigned a staff member . Congressional staff are important allies in conveying messages to your member.
- If provided a meeting time, be prompt, be brief and be polite. Dress appropriately.
- At the meeting with the member or designated representative, explain you have come to Washington, DC to participate with the FED UP coalition call to ensure that the federal government does more to stem the tide of the epidemic before us.
- Share the ideas outlined in the FED UP platform which will help raise awareness, reduce opioid overprescribing, enhance treatment for our loved ones and save lives.
- Tell them you want your member of congress’ support – be clear and concise.
- Leave a copy of the platform after you have concluded your discussion.
- Thank the member or staff member for their time.
- Let us know if you had a successful meeting with your representative at: FedUpRally@gmail.com
Contact information for your US Senators is available here:
Contact information for your US House Representative is available here:
If you are unsure of your Congressional district, you can search for it here:
Another good source for contact information is:
This year, the Coalition is especially concerned about the lack of serious funding needed to stem the tide of the crisis before us. We believe the executive branch has done their part by providing a serious budget proposal which expands access to treatment. It is time for the Congress to pass a real budget which matches or exceeds the current executive branch proposal.
We strongly encourage FED UP supporters to schedule a meeting with House or Senate Appropriations Committee members (for Labor/Health appropriations) – especially if those committee members are from your home state or district. House and Senate Appropriations members are listed here:
Rep Tom Cole (R-OK) Chairman
Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR)
Rep Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Chairman
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Jake Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)