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DO Day on Capitol Hill - FAQs

do-day-on-capitol-hill-logo.jpgHow does Hill Day work?

The day includes a breakfast briefing to discuss how to best communicate with members of Congress, a review of the issues you will be discussing and presentations from guest speakers – everyone from members of Congress to the Surgeon General. Following the briefing, you will be directed toward Capitol Hill with your colleagues to meet with your congressional representatives throughout the afternoon.  

Do I make my own appointments? 

No, Public Policy staff matches your address (where you are registered to vote) against our congressional database and then requests appointments with your elected officials. 

Will I meet my member of Congress personally? 

Possibly, this varies from meeting to meeting. Members of Congress have very busy schedules. Between votes, committee hearings and meetings with other constituents, their time is scheduled to the minute. They may spend the whole meeting with you, two minutes with you, or none at all. We always request that the member of Congress be present at the meeting.

I live in Florida, but have friends in Pennsylvania who are coming to DO Day. Can I go with them to their meetings? 

No. Congressional offices want to meet with their constituents, those who vote them into office. These meetings are professional business meetings and should be treated as such. With the large numbers of participants that come to participate in DO Day, we cannot have participants changing groups just to be with their friends. 

What if I can’t answer a question about a particular issue? 

It’s perfectly acceptable to say "I don’t know," and tell the office you will follow-up with the answer. If you’ve ever watched C-Span, you’ve seen cabinet secretaries doing this all the time. This also provides you with a prime opportunity to contact the office again and continue to build a relationship. 

When do I get my appointment schedule? 

Staff is continually scheduling or moving meetings until late into the day before DO Day. Your schedules will be distributed in final form on the morning before you begin. 

What if I’m the only person from my district? 

Staff will work to review the schedules and combine groups or select "Hill Day Veterans" to accompany the first time participants. Small states with three to five participants in total can attend all meetings together. 

Why am I asked to provide the address where I am registered to vote?

Members of Congress are elected to represent the people who live within their specific district or state – their constituents. Many members of Congress will only meet with their actual constituents. We will verify the address you provide is, in fact, the address where you are registered to vote. If you use another address, we will need to change your registration and change what meetings you have. Not registered to vote? Get registered here.

Why do I need to be subscribed to the DO Engage? 

The DO Engage is our primary way of communicating with membership about events like DO Day. If you are not subscribed, we will not be able to inform you of changes or provide you with the necessary materials for you to have a successful DO Day. Therefore, we ask you to remain subscribed to the DO Engage advocacy email through DO Day 2018. If you are not already subscribed to the DO Engage, you will be subscribed when you register for DO Day.

Why am I asked to provide a cell phone number? 

Congressional offices often change DO Day meetings at the last minute. We need to be able to communicate last minute changes to your meeting schedule while you are on Capitol Hill.

How do I find my Facebook profile URL? 

Your Facebook profile URL is the link to your Facebook page. The format will be facebook.com/YourFacebookProfileName. To find this URL, login to Facebook and click on your name in the top left corner. You will be taken to your profile page and the profile URL will be visible. It will look like this:

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