How 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, DGR 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.
The staff member I met with seemed fresh out of college.
That’s very likely. Jobs on Capitol Hill don’t pay much and staff members are expected to work long hours – so it tends to attract a lot of people when they are younger. They work their way up in an office or move off the Hill once they’ve gained some experience.
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 am I asked to watch training videos in order to participate in DO Day?
Your time in Washington, D.C. is incredibly valuable. For you to be an effective advocate, it is essential that you be prepared for DO Day before you arrive in Washington, D.C. There will only be a short refresher training before you head to your meetings on Capitol Hill.
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.
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:
What are the best options for DO Day lodging?
Registrants should plan to be at the Ronald
Reagan Building no later than 5:45 a.m. on April 5, 2017 - breakfast
will be provided. The host hotel is the JW Marriott Washington D.C.
(1331 Pennsylvania Ave.) located across from the Ronald Reagan
Building. The AOA has negotiated discounted rates for a block of rooms
at the JW Marriott ($369/night) and the Willard Intercontinental
($389/night). The discounted rate is available until March 15, 2017, or until the group block sells out. We encourage attendees to make travel and lodging reservations as soon as possible - there are several large conventions in Washington, D.C .during the week of DO Day. You can reserve online or by phone by calling (202) 393-2000. Other hotel options include:
Willard Intercontinental Washington D.C.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Hotel Room Rate: $389 plus tax/service charge per night
Group rate is available until March 12, 2017, or until the group block sells out (whichever comes first)
Reserve online or by phone at (202) 628-9100 using the group code AOA.
D.C. hotel room rates are a bit higher than
usual due to a large convention taking place. Please be sure to make
your hotel accommodations as quickly as possible. There are other hotels
within walking distance to the Ronald Reagan Building, however they may
not have a lower rate. These include: Washington Marriott at Metro
Center, Courtyard Washington Convention Center, Hyatt Place Washington
D.C./White House; Courtyard Washington D.C./Foggy Bottom; POD Hotel