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Voicing Your Opinion to Congress Is Harassment?

By on 3.19.10 | 2:36PM

This is good information for everyone to know.

As linked on Drudge Report (here), there might be some who would want to scare or intimidate you into thinking that calling your Representative with the specific intent of informing him or her that you do not agree with the Health Care Bill is harassment.

According to the United States Code, it is not:

After researching 47 U.S.C. 223, I called Mr. Garamendi’s office [the author's Representative in the House] again and asked to be transferred back to the Capital Police Agent. The Agent picked up the phone and I explained to him that the statute he cited was not controlling since it only prohibits people from calling with the specific intent to harass. I further explained that I was simply trying to voice my concerns with the intent of getting Mr. Garamendi to change his mind, not to harass his staff. The Agent eventually agreed with my position and said he would call Mr. Garamendi’s office and instruct his staff that I was within my rights to call my congressman and voice my concerns.  

So, be polite when you call.  As long as your intent is not to harass, you have license to speak.

And speak you should! Thank Heavens (literally), Americans and Democracy still have something to say about this health care debacle.

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