Right now, the U.S. Senate is determining if the brave members of our Armed Forces should be allowed to take paid bereavement leave when a parent dies.
We’ve made calling super easy.
Review the background information provided below.
Call the U.S. Senate Congressional Hotline 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. Senator (we’ve provided a cheat sheet below).
You can also call U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who is in charge of the committee and helping to make this important decision!
Use our script below to guide your conversation!
Remember, you must say “thank you!”
Send us a note and let us know how it goes.
#1. Background Information
Here’s what you need to know:
- WHY YOU: Your U.S. Senator plays a key role in determining what is included in the NDAA.
- WHAT IS NDAA: The National Defense Authorization Act. On Capitol Hill, it is known as the NDAA.
- WHY NOW: The final version of the 2024 NDAA is being negotiated right now.
- WHY CALL: For every one call your Senator receives, it represents at least 10 voters. Get 10 friends or family to call and you have just given a voice to 1,000 people!
Join us in calling your U.S. Senator today!
We believe our nation’s armed forces should be able to return home when a parent dies.
Last year, you helped the U.S. Armed Forces receive 14 days of paid bereavement leave for the death of a spouse or child. Now, they need to be able to come home for the deaths of their parents. Join us in making that change for all our service members and their families!
Of course, our military service members should be able to come home when a parent dies!
Military families need your help now!
#2. Phone numbers for your U.S. Senators
You have two choices on how to contract your Senator. You can either call the U.S. Senate Congressional Hotline at 202-224-3121 and request them by name, or you can call their offices directly. We’ve provided your senators below, along with their D.C. office telephone.
Remember, you can call Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island even if you don’t live in Rhode Island. He’s in charge of the committee making this important decision!
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Washington, DC (202) 224-2823
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Washington, DC (202) 224-2854
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) Washington, DC (202) 224-4451
Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) Washington, DC (202) 224-6361
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) Washington, DC (202) 224-4024
Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) Washington, DC (202) 224-2235
Senator Angus King (I-ME) Washington, DC (202) 224-5344
Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) Washington, DC (202) 224-3954
Senator Gary C. Peters (D-MI) Washington, DC (202) 224-6221
Senator Jack Reed, Chair (D-RI) Washington, DC (202) 224-4642
Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Washington, DC (202) 224-6244
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Washington, DC (202) 224-2841
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Washington, DC (202) 224-4543
#3. Sample script: (One minute)
Hello, my name is _______________ and I am calling as a constituent of Senator _________________.
I just learned that our brave men and women service members cannot return home for the deaths of their parents. Is that true?
The House has already voted – and passed – a provision that would allow our Armed Forces to come home for the deaths of their parents.
This seems like a no brainer. In fact, I can’t believe that our military members are not allowed to be with their families during such a difficult time.
Where does Senator (insert your senator’s name here) stand on this issue?
Will Senator (insert your senator’s name here) adopt this new provision allowing our military members to return home during a parent’s death?
I sure hope so. If the House can pass this bill, it seems like the Senate should easily be able to as well.
Thank you for your time and public service; I appreciate all you do.
#4. Let Us Know How It Went
If you can, please let us know how your conversation went. This is important because it helps us know how lawmakers respond to your requests.
Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.