TruckerNation is dedicated to helping members and anyone interested in taking an active role in advocating for the commercial transportation industry. Additionally, it is an organizational goal to ensuring a consistent message in communication with congressional leaders, the media, and the public is the goal of our advocacy toolkit. We encourage you to get involved, be it speaking to community groups or meeting with your local, state, or federal legislators. Contact us via our contact form on the ‘Contact’ page or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance with engaging in advocacy efforts. Linked below are various tools to assist. However, before you start your advocacy journey be sure you are advocating for the right things to the right people and remember these few things:
Laws are the products of written bills, passed by either the US Congress. The Congress creates bills that, when passed by a vote in both the House and Senate, become law with the signature of the President. Aside from an executive order, Congress is the only body of government that can make or change laws.
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How to Contact your Congressional Leaders
Contacting your members of the US Congress is an easy and effective way to interact with legislators. To write a letter or call your legislator in the House of Representatives, visit this website and click on your representative's name to take you to his/her personal website. Search around for the "Contact Me" link and use this to either find the phone number for the office or the form to submit a letter. Don’t know who your representative is? Go to house.gov and put your zip code (9-digit preferred, but 5-digit OK) in the upper right corner of the page.
To write a letter or call your senator, visit this website, find your senator and click on the webform link to submit a letter. If you want to make a phone call, click on the senator's name to go his/her personal website and use the "Contact Me" link to find the phone number for the office. Don’t know who your senators are? Go to this website and on the top of the page, select the state you live in.
Congressional Visit Guide
Communicating with your members of Congress is an important way to make your voice heard. Whether your meeting takes place in your hometown or in Washington, DC, TruckerNation provides a step-by-step guide to ensure your visit goes smoothly.
Step 1: Identify your members of Congress
Step 2: Schedule a meeting
Members of Congress split their time between their home districts and Washington, DC. They may be available to meet with constituents in either office depending on whether Congress is in session. Contact information for each representative and senator is available on his/her website. You can also email TruckerNation at email@example.com to help set up a meeting.
Step 3: Do some research, practice and prepare for your meeting
Before you meet, make sure you've done your research. Check out the Industry Information page of the TruckerNation website to assist you in doing research. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in meeting preparation.
Step 4: The Meeting
Put your research and preparation into practice and, as the meeting concludes, leave your member of Congress with some information about the importance of research. Feel free to use the Issues Outline below as leave-behind materials.
Templates and Scripts
TruckerNation has developed a letter template and phone script to assist those interested contacting their elected members of congress. We have developed these for some of the most pressing issues currently introduced into the congress. Be sure to check back often as we update these tools when new issues are introduced.
* HR 1697 and HR 1698
Below you will find tools to assist you in advocating for HR 1697 (Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2019) and HR 1698 (Agricultural Business Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2019), both introduced by Collin Peterson (D-MN-7).
HR 1697 and 1698 Letter and Email Template (Microsoft Word Version)
HR 1697 and 1698 Letter and Email Template (PDF Version)
HR 1697 and 1698 Phone Script
* S. 2033
Below you will find tools to assist you in advocating against S. 2033 (Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019) which would require 65 MPH speed limiters be installed in commercial vehicles. This bill was introduced by Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
TruckerNation is committed to being a one stop shop where drivers can become better educated, engaged and efficient on relevant industry matters. To meet this mission, we want to ensure that drivers have all the information they need to be successful. Sometimes this means actually having some paper in hand or files saved on a device. Below drivers will some printable to aid in your advocacy efforts.