9 Ways to Approach Congressional Staffers to Get Your Issue Heard

9 Ways to Approach Congressional Staffers to Get Your Issue Heard

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Committee staffers are specialists by nature, whereas staffers in members’ offices tend to be generalists. Approaching staffers on committees will help you get your issue front and center where the rubber meets the road, says David Thompson, vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits. Thompson worked for six years as senior counsel and as policy director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Be prepared to think on your feet to adapt your message to address concerns the staffer brings forth. When a staffer responds to your ask with “Well, my boss is worried about ‘blank.’ You had better address ‘blank,’” says Thompson. If you can’t address the staffer’s concern on the spot, plan to circle back later with a different approach.

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