In addition to being the daily record of minutes for the U.S. Congress’ legislative sessions, the Congressional Record also contains hundreds of pages of political speeches, statements, statistics, charts, studies, tributes, newspaper editorials, and news articles. Members of Congress routinely place these items in the Record to help make the case for their views.
Some reasons to seek to have your coalition's views published in the Congressional Record include:
- Reprints of a Congressional Record statement make impressive mailings to supporters and prospective supporters of your coalition;
- Many congressional staffers read the Record;
- It's free.
It's also relatively easy to do. First, prepare the documents you want published. These can include newspaper editorials favorable to your coalition’s position, speeches given by proponents, statements made at congressional hearings and even specially prepared statements by the senator or representative. Check accuracy, draft a one- or two-paragraph introduction that incorporates the Member’s endorsement of the documents, and provide them to the Member (through the appropriate staffer) with a request that they be included in the Congressional Record.
Template - Congressional Record Extension of Remarks
To commemorate [insert special occasion, if one exists], I would like to share with you the importance of public transportation in my District and the need for adequate investment in public transit in the future.
Public transportation does more than ease traffic congestion. It also contributes to economic development, increased safety, energy conservation, a cleaner environment, higher real estate values and more vibrant communities.
For example, in my District [BEING AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE, INCLUDE THREE OR FOUR SENTENCES ABOUT SUCCESSUFL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY.]
But my community isn't the only one in America where public transportation has had such astounding results. For example, public transportation use avoids the emission of more than 126 million pounds of hydrocarbons, a primary cause of smog, and 156 million pounds of nitrogen oxides, which can cause respiratory disease, around the country.
Without a doubt, the money invested in public transportation brings about significant returns. In fact, for every federal dollar invested in public transportation as many as six dollars are returned in congestion reduction, safety benefits and access to economic opportunity. At the same time, 47,500 jobs are created for each $1 billion invested.
Clearly, public transportation plays a key role in providing opportunity, access, choice and mobility for all Americans. [insert special occasion, as above] is an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the benefits and future of public transportation in our country.