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Most offices handle constituent requests on all aspects of finances including:
From time to time we all get caught up in bureaucratic red tape when dealing with many of the agencies of the federal government. Whether it is a glitch in getting your Social Security check, a denial of rightfully deserved benefits, or a problem with the IRS, people need to know that they can count on their elected officials to help them sort out such matters.
All Senators and Congressmen have people in their offices called "caseworkers." It is their job to find a positive resolution to many of the difficulties citizens face when dealing with the government. These Congressional caseworkers assume the role of a liaison between the citizen and the appropriate government agency. The caseworker is responsible for exploring all avenues that are available for resolution of the citizen's concern.
The office can also provide assistance with new or lost passports, as well as expediting emergency travel passports. If you are going abroad they can give you information regarding foreign travel requirements and travel warnings.
Unfortunately, due to the separation of the legislative and judicial branches of government, they are prohibited from intervening in any matter involving the proceedings, judgments, or sentences of any court of law. This includes legal disputes, child custody issues and divorce.
If you seek assistance in a matter the caseworker can handle, you will need to fill out a Privacy Authorization form available on the Senator or Representative's website (www.senate.gov or www.house.gov) which will give the office authority to handle your request. Most of the requests are handled in the local offices of the Senator or Congressman. The following are further examples of the types of Money Issues that case works may be helpful with:
Even though a Congressman or Senator's office may tell you there is no such help for what you are looking for, you have to take their answer with a grain of salt. It is impossible for even the so called experts to be aware of everything that is available to the public. They might know the major programs, but they will not know about the thousands of other programs that sit in little-known federal offices, state offices, local offices or even non-profit organizations. When we do TV or radio shows Congressional offices will call us to get the details about the programs we mention because they are unaware of them and are getting questions about them from constituents. In addition we have conducted undercover surveys that showed 84% of Congressional offices were unaware of a basic free prescription drug program that is available to people of any age.
It's a big world out there and no one can know everything - not the Congress or even us. So keep going even when someone is trying to convince you that there is no help available. Most of the time they are wrong because they're probably just being lazy.
Washington DC is full of tourists visiting the museums, monuments, and historical sights. Most of these places are free and open to the public. For those that require tickets, almost all are distributed free and at certain times of the day (except the White House), but you can request tickets from your Senators or Representative in advance for a couple of the more popular attractions, allowing you to bypass long lines.
The White House: Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. For groups smaller than 10, Senators and Representatives make every effort to combine the request with other groups but they cannot guarantee availability. Requests are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided walking tours are available Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and take approximately 45 minutes to complete. They encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at (202) 456-7041. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.
Bureau of Engraving & Printing: As the U.S. Government's security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency. A world leader in printing technology, the Bureau also produces postage stamps, White House invitations, Treasury obligations and other U.S. securities. The Bureau is closed on weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years. For updated information please call the tour office toll-free at (866) 874-2330. If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is CLOSED to the public. Reserved tours begin before the general public tours at 8:15, 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., Mondays thru Fridays, except on federal holidays. Extended Summer Hours (May-August) include reserved tours for 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 and 4:45 p.m.
Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 57 million manuscripts. Constituents receive a tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building and an introduction to the "American Treasures" exhibition. Tours are available Monday through Friday except federal holidays. For updated information please call the tour office at (202) 707-8000. Reserved tours are given Mondays thru Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tour includes a special greeting by a member of the Visitors Service Office Staff, a guided tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building, and an introduction to the American Treasures exhibition.
Passes to the Senate and House Galleries: The galleries of the Senate and the House of Representatives are open to view whenever either body is in session. The galleries are also open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM when the House and Senate are not in session. Passes are always required to visit the galleries. These free passes are available from your Senators or Congressman.
Capitol Tours: Public tours of the United States Capitol are available Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The building is not open on Sunday, but is open on national holidays. Groups leave each half hour from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Free timed-tickets are distributed each day at 8:15 a.m. These tickets are only good for that day, and often run out within a few hours, so it is important to get to the booth early. Tours assemble next to the Garfield traffic circle on the southwest corner of the Capitol complex near the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street S.W., across First Street from the Botanic Gardens. Look for the Visitors Screening Facility kiosk; the guide service members are most easily identified by their red shirts with the Capitol logo on the pocket. Your Senators and Congressman are able to schedule staff-led tours of the Capitol Building for families from their state on a limited basis. Please call their offices to see if a tour is available during your stay.
Kennedy Center Tours: Tours are given Mondays thru Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. The 4:30 p.m. tour ends at the Millennium Stage in time for the 6 p.m. free performance. There are no tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day.
Mount Vernon: These reserved tours are only offered from April 1 through October 31. During that period, these tours are available 7 days a week at 8:45 a.m. by advanced reservation. This is a guided walking tour of the Mount Vernon Estate, which provides an in-depth introduction to Mount Vernon and concludes with a ceremony at Washington's Tomb. Regular admission fees apply and admission tickets must be purchased at the main gate before the tour begins. The Mansion is not part of the guided tour, but visitors may tour the Mansion either prior to or at the conclusion of the guided tour of the Estate. At least 2 days notice should be made. Supreme Court: Limited to 4 persons per group. Tours are given Mondays thru Fridays at 2 p.m. on days the Court is not sitting. The tour consists of a lecture in the Courtroom, followed by a tour of other areas of the building, as available. Due to official Court business, congressional reserved tours are subject to cancellation.
Washington National Cathedral: Limited to families or small groups fewer than 15 people. No advance reservation is necessary other than obtaining a ticket for this tour from your Senator or Congressman- this special tour option is available as long as the desired date and time falls within the following operation guidelines: Tours are early-morning tours offered only at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, except on Ash Wednesday, Independence Day federal holiday, the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (or the Monday/Wednesday before Independence Day holiday, Christmas and New Year's Eve), and the entire month of January. Occasionally there are special events at the Cathedral that will prevent the Cathedral from offering this tour, with very little "lead time." Tours are free, but the Washington National Cathedral requests donations.
For those wishing to enter one of the United States Service Academies, you need a nomination from a member of Congress. The nomination process is highly competitive. Individuals interested in applying need to contract their Senators or Congressman early. These student applicants are eligible for admission to the Military, Naval, Air Force and Merchant Marine Academies.
U.S. flags may be purchased through Senators' or Congressmen's offices. These flags are flown over the Capitol building. With enough advance notice, it is possible to have your flag flown on a specific date. Be sure to indicate the desired flying date on the order form. Allow at least 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Dream of working at the White House- maybe even as President? Many Senators and Congressmen offer summer internship opportunities in Washington, DC to students who are enrolled in college prior to their application for employment. The internship program is an exciting introduction into politics. If you are interested in applying contact your senators or Congressman to learn about the application process.
Congress offers positions for high school students to serve as Pages during their junior year of High School. To be qualified to serve as a Page, all applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time his/her appointment begins and have a cumulative grade point average of a B or better in the five major subjects. Fall and Spring applicants may only service for one semester. Completed applications must be received by early may to be considered for sponsorship. Contact your Senators' or Congressman's office to learn about the application process and exact deadline.
Now is your chance to put your vote to use and get some direct benefits from your elected officials. Remember, they want to do you a favor, so that you and your family will vote for them again come election time.