Contacting our elected officials

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I appreciate your kind responses to my pleas to get involved. One of my callers reminded me that I have neglected to list phone numbers for contacting our Senate and House leaders. Therefore, for your information, I am listing the central office numbers to contact:

The White House, 202-456-1111

The U.S. Senate Majority Leader, 202-224-2541

The U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, 202-225-0600

The Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121

Political Parties:

Democratic Congressional Committee, 202-863-1500

Democratic National Committee, 202-863-8000

Democratic Senatorial Committee, 202-224-2447

Republican Congressional Committee, 202-479-7000

Republican National Committee, 202-863-8500

Republican Senatorial Committee, 202-675-6000

From these central numbers, you can be connected to the individual leaders' offices you may wish to contact.

Every call counts. My grandson worked as a clerk for a Wisconsin senator some years ago and informed us that all offices contain "hot issue" boards on which calls are recorded on "yes" or "no" columns. He assured me that every call is welcomed and every letter and email is read for the elected official's knowledge. Both compliments and our annoyances are important to share with our elected officials.

In a recent television interview, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright surprisingly quoted Benito Mussolini: "If you pluck a chicken's feathers one at a time, the chicken won't realize it is losing her feathers." Ms Albright compared this quotation to our losing our Constitutional and Civil Rights one at a time under the Trump Administration. These offenses are happening almost daily. She contends that the American public and our elected officials are becoming immune to the "plucking of our law feathers" one at a time. She urged the television audience to alert the Congress to their responsibility as equal partners to the executive office (under the Constitution) and control this outrage.

I hope we can follow her lead and contact our lawmakers.

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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