Resources for Advocacy
ASBC’s core strength lies in designing campaigns and advocating for policies that will promote a sustainable economy. Businesses and organizations join ASBC to tap into this expertise but there are instances when they need to make direct connections with their legislators and policymakers.
Below you’ll find useful links for contacting government officials and practical guidance of how to engage with government offices and staff. For more extensive help, please contact ASBC’s policy team to assist you with your advocacy needs.
Find the Status of National Bills:
Track Upcoming Congressional Activity
- This webpage provides links to upcoming House and Senate floor activities. This includes committee hearing schedules, roll call votes, nominations, and brief descriptions on how the legislative process works.
- This webpage provides the ability to search for past Senate bills and track upcoming Senate legislation. Search for Senate bills by sponsor, committee, subject, and current status. Review voting records for each member of the Senate past and present.
- This webpage provides the ability to search for past House bills and track upcoming House legislation. Searching for House bills by sponsor, committee, subject, and current status. Review voting records for each member of the House past and present.
Find the Status of State Bills:
Track Status of State Bills
- This webpage provides links for upcoming and past legislature bills for each of the 50 states. Search for bills by subject, current status, and Governor approval.
Contact Elected Officials:
- This general contact page for the US Senate includes information on how to email the Senate, send postal mail, general phone numbers, and contacting the Senate webmaster.
- This general contact page for the US House includes the House phone number, links to the phone directory of Representatives, and mailing address for the House.
- This webpage includes information on contacting the White House via telephone, postal mail, and submitting questions online.
Find your National Legislator:
Find Your Senator
- This page lists senators alphabetically and includes DC Office address and phone number, personal website, political party, and state represented. The search feature allows searching for senators by name, state, or election class.
- This page allows searching for your House representative by matching your zip code to congressional district. This will bring you to link to your representative’s website and contact information.
Arrange a meeting with a Legislator:
Meeting with Your Representatives
- Explains how to schedule a meeting with your national representative.
- Lists all members of the House by state and district, with links to each member’s personal website. From there, you can find addresses for DC and local offices, staff information, and procedures for scheduling a meeting.
Identify your State Legislator:
Get to Know Your State Government
- This webpage provides links to all 50 State Governments, including the State Senate, State Assembly, and general State Government switchboard.
How to schedule a meeting with a State Legislator:
Meet your State Representatives
- This webpage allows you to type in any address across the 50 states and will find your national and state representatives. From there, you can find a representative’s website and navigate to the contact page which will give you directions on meeting with them.
How do I comply with the laws governing lobbying?
Laws have been created to bring order and a modicum of transparency to the lobbying process. Anyone who lobbies professionally needs to meet certain requirement for registration, reporting, and disclosure. Individuals who are contacting government on their own behalf rarely need to worry about these organizations, but businesses should know the rules and comply with them. ASBC helps its members engage in advocacy in ways that meet the lobbying rules.
- Provides basic information on the definition of lobbying.
- Provides updated information and requirements on the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. It includes regulations on “gifts” to Congress, registration requirements, and reporting activities.
Why should business leaders engage with policy?
The policymaking process, whether it is legislative or regulatory, relies on input from diverse stakeholders. Policymakers rely on experts to share their knowledge and experience to craft policies that will solve problems and can be effectively implemented. ASBC business and organization members have unique perspectives to contribute to this process.