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Learn if Your Legislator Serves on a Committee
TIP: Members of Congress often have their greatest influence not in the larger legislature or by writing bills, but through their service on a House or Senate committee or subcommittee. These groups can pass on (or bury) legislation and we should work hard to cultivate a champion for language education on any committee which may consider and rewrite legislation that can impact language learning and program funding.
Among these are the very powerful Senate and House Appropriations Committees, which are in charge of setting the specific expenditures of money by the government of the United States. Also important are the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the House Education & The Workforce Committee.
For the U.S. Senate, you can access the following pages to find out if either of the senators from your state serves on a key committee or subcommittee:
Click on ABOUT THE COMMITTEE for a list of Committee Members.
For the U.S. House of Representatives, you can access the following pages to find out if your district’s representative serves on a key committee or subcommittee:
Click on ABOUT THE COMMITTEE for a complete list of Committee Members.
Once you have determined which of your members of Congress serve on these committees and subcommittees (and especially if any of the committee chairpersons are from your state), make an initial contact with their office, either by phone or e-mail. Let them know of your interest in any legislation concerning language education and offer to serve as an expert advisor on topics relating to world languages. Also, don’t forget to let ACTFL know when you make contact so that we can better coordinate your advocacy efforts with our state team efforts.