House Congenital Heart Caucus
In February 2012, Congressman Gus Bilirakis introduced the Congressional Congenital Heart Caucus to communicate with members of the House of Representatives about the important issue of CHD. Con. Bilirakis still chairs the Caucus which now has 27 members. We work closely with his office to share important information.
Is your representative not a member?
Invite your congressman/woman to join.
To contact Congressman Bilirakis’ office email Shayne.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Congenital Heart Caucus is an important vehicle for disseminating information and increasing support for CHD. Caucus members share information about research advances, updates on federal agency initiatives related to CHD and key legislation that impacts people with CHD. Members also pass information to their constituents, spreading the word. The Caucus is a strong indicator that we are being heard in Washington, DC.
Contact your representative and invite them to join the Caucus.
Use the sample letter
To find your representative’s contact information, go to www.house.gov, or for senator, www.senate.gov. Note: The Caucus is only in the House. You can contact your senators and ask them to support the CHD appropriations.
Use the sample letter adding your own personal touch--for example, the reason that you are interested in CHD.
Dear Congressman [Fill in name here], Today, there are over two and a half million people living with adult congenital heart disease. I am writing to urge you to support continued funding for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health for congenital heart disease. These funds will support much needed surveillance efforts and research to improve our understanding of congenital heart disease and develop better treatments for children and adults impacted by these often complex medical conditions. [Add short personal statement--your story or why this matters to you] Congenital heart disease is a leading cause of premature death, particularly in infants, but the population of survivors is growing. Advances in diagnosis and treatment are making it possible for more and more people to live longer and better. These individuals require lifelong care. We need better understanding of the causes of congenital heart disease, better access to specialized care and more support for the many emotional and social issues this community faces. You can help by joining the House Caucus on Congenital Heart Disease, chaired by Gus Bilirakis. Please vote in favor of funding requests to CDC and NIH. If you would like more information about congenital heart disease and its impact on your constituents, please contact email@example.com. Thank you, [insert your name]