Sensible Defense - Email Congress

We have written an email for you, but the more personalized your message the more likely you are to get the attention of your Congressperson. An email you write is more effective than a forwarding a pre-written mass letter or petition. Enter your ZIP code below to send your email. If you choose to rewrite the email we have provided, consider the following structure for your email and limit yourself to one page:

  • State your purpose – why you are writing and who you are.
  • Present your argument. Use facts versus emotional appeals. Make a specific reference to the programs we are focusing on:
    • Eliminate funding in the 2010 budget for the F-22 Raptor.
    • Redirect/Reduce missile defense funds by eliminating $214 million from the airborne laser program, $524 million from the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, and $283 million from the Multiple Kill Vehicle Program.
    • Cancel the manned ground vehicle component of the Army’s Future Combat Systems.
    • End future procurement of the DDG-1000.
  • Conclude with a call to action. Ask your Congressperson to maintain the cuts to these weapons systems as requested by the Defense Department and President Obama. And say thank you! 


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