I have received an e-mail from IAFF 14th District Vice President, Danny Todd, asking every member to write a letter or send an e-mail to Congressmen and Senators concerning the Safer Act, and Social Security. The Safer Act is going into the Senate Appropriations Committee with language stating a funding of $1 billion dollars. This funding will assist in hiring additional fire fighters to under staffed fire departments across the country. When corresponding with Senator Landrieu (D-La.), please ask for her support of the Safer Act, and ask Senator Landrieu to oppose mandatory social security. Senator Mary Landrieu is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and you can e-mail her at:
or phone her
(202) 224-5824 Washington D.C.
(225) 389-0395 Baton Rouge, La.
(504) 589-2427 New Orleans, La.
(318) 676-3085 Shreveport, La.
(337) 436-6050 Lake Charles, La.
*Remember send one letter per topic. The “tips on writing to a member” on this web page will assist you in communicating properly with your elected officials. There is information on the Hot Topics web page that will assist you concerning the social security topic.
House Ways And Means Committee will hear discussions on the Social Security debate. Congressman Jim McCrery (R-La.), and, Congressman William Jefferson (D-La.), are members on the committee.
Here is information to contact both Congressmen:
Jim McCrey (R-La.) ***Social Security & Financial Security Committee Chairman
District Offices: (318) 798-2254 Shreveport, La.
(337) 238-0778 Leesville, La.
William Jefferson (D-La.)
District Offices: (504) 589-2274 New Orleans, La.
(504) 369-7019 Gretna, La.
I urge every member to contact Senator Landrieu and Congressman McCrery and Congressman
Jefferson concerning these very important issues. Let your voices be heard. Remember there strength
* There are talking points concerning Social Security on the Hot Topics web page that will assist you when communicating with your elected officials.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new Fourth District web page. I will be sending out topics of interest inviting everyone to visit this site for information concerning firefighter issues on all levels of government.
Being involved means being informed of firefighter issues and understanding the process. That’s what this site is all about. I am confident that you will use the knowledge gained here to contact your elected officials on important issues.
I will have contact information for your Federal elected officials so that you can contact your respective representatives. I will have tips on writing to members of congress, as well as emailing congress.
If you would like to speak with your representatives on the state level, you should contact your District Vice President.
I hope this web page will be a positive and productive tool for the 4th District and the entire Association.
4th District Vice President
The letter is the most popular choice of communication with a congressional office. If you decide to write a letter, this list of helpful suggestions will improve the effectiveness of the letter.
· To a Senator…
The Honorable (Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator ____(Last Name)____ :
· To a Representative…
The Honorable (Full Name)
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. ____(Last Name)___ :
Note: When writing to the chair of a committee or the Speaker of the House, it is proper to address him/her as:
Dear Mr. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman:
Or Dear Mr. Speaker:
Purpose of your Letter:
· Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If the letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House Bill: H.R._______, Senate Bill: S. ______.
· Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.
· Address only one issue in each letter: and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.
Sending an E-Mail to Congress
When addressing an e-mail to a member of Congress, follow the same suggestions as for a printed letter. For the subject line of your e-mail, identify your message by topic or bill number. The body of your message should use this format:
City, State Zip
Dear (Title) (Last Name),