It’s Still Recess! Time to Meet With Members of Congress

Did you know that August and October are great times to meet with your U.S. Representative and Senators? During these months, Congress is in “recess,” meaning members are back home meeting with constituents like you.

Time is running out on the August recess, but it may still be possible to land a meeting with some members of Congress before they return to Washington, DC, after Labor Day weekend. If not, October is coming fast, and now is an excellent time to ask for a meeting—or even work with your institution’s government relations office to invite elected officials to an event you are hosting.

Why not set up a meeting now to share your strong, innovative work to help build and maintain key advocacy relationships? Be sure your members of Congress hear your constituent voice on critical issues like the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs, funding priorities, and policy topics. (Check out my latest Federal Update webinar to learn about issues you might address. Stay tuned for a notice of my next one in September!)

If you are not sure how to get started, please contact me at or 202-478-4506, and I can walk you through the process of requesting a meeting.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE