AOPA will be asking members to contact Congress at key times as the FAA funding issue progresses through the legislative process. Experience indicates that this is the best approach because a member of Congress will typically only focus on FAA funding when it comes up for consideration by a committee that he sits on, or when it is finally referred to the floor for a vote by the full House or Senate. AOPA has already asked some members to contact their representatives. Some 135,000 AOPA members were asked May 15 to contact their senators serving on the Commerce aviation subcommittee to support an amendment that would have stripped user fees from the Senate's FAA funding bill. And we came within one vote of winning.
But the FAA funding bills will go through at least a dozen steps before the final vote, meaning that there will be many more times when AOPA will ask specific members to weigh in.
Should you wish to contact your senator or congressman on your own, we suggest you make the following points on your personal or business stationary.
These talking points are helpful, but writing your own personal message is important. It is far better to send a personalized letter than an e-mail on issues like the future of the aviation system. All e-mails look alike, yet letters are unique. Letters emphasize the fact the writer is in the congressional district and often the letterhead illustrates the business and other relevant background of the author.
Please send your letter by fax (the fastest and best way to communicate with Congress), then follow up by mailing a copy. Use these helpful links for information on your members of the House of Representatives or Senate.
Please be sure to fax (301/695-2372) or mail AOPA a copy of any letter you send or response you receive from your representative. Or if you prefer e-mail, click here.