Confirm Our Ambassadors! Write a letter to Congress

Will you help us ask Congress to confirm our Ambassadors? Many have waited over a year to earn their appointment to serve in their appointed country. That means that many countries don’t have an Ambassador at post! That means many families are waiting in Washington to find out when they get to go to post. This is not necessary, and if Congress made it a priority, they could confirm these men and women very quickly. Will you write a letter to your Congressperson and ask them to make this a priority? You can write your own letter, or you can use the sample we provided below.

First, find your congressman here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/ or here http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Then, write a letter to your Congressman. The letter should include the date, a salutation, an introduction where you say who you are and what you are writing about, some details about why this is important, and a closing.

If you like, you can use the sample letter included here.
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Be sure to include a return address so the office can confirm that they received your letter.

If you have time, please comment below with your age, your post, and the Congressman who received your letter and we will compile a list of posts and children who write (we will not use names) to Congress. You can also email this information to afterschoolplans@gmail.com. We will use these numbers and posts to write a letter to the Washington Post about our effort!

If you would like to read more about this issue, check out these articles:

  1. Does Congress Have the Power to Appoint Ambassadors?    http://classroom.synonym.com/congress-power-appoint-ambassadors-11036.html
  2. Quarter of world has no U.S. ambassador: Ambassador: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/07/16/233525/quarter-of-world-has-no-us-ambassador.html
  3. The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/08/31/ambassadors-are-latest-casualty-senate-gridlock-dozens-awaiting-votes-for-months/ZNZsWWAenyPsykBSDYG8VN/story.html
  4. Statement from AFSA: http://www.afsa.org/ambassadors.aspx
  5. The Washington Post Opinion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-the-senate-republicans-foolish-fight-over-ambassadors/2014/09/02/b781fe40-32ec-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

Together, we can absolutely make a difference! Democracy allows people to express their concerns and come together to ask for change when something is broken. Congress loves to listen to the concerns of kids and they will absolutely listen to you!

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