Advocate’s Guide to the Hill

Each year, the highlight of the NCIL Annual Conference is the convergence of members from across the nation, who unite on Capitol Hill to share stories of discrimination, institutionalization and segregation with their Senators and Representatives. Our message is loud and clear: Independent Living is a civil right we are willing to fight for!

Directories of the 115th Congress: 1st Session

Senators and Representatives are listed with their phone numbers, email addresses, and office locations available. You may also find information by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.

Directory of the Senate

Your Senator’s office will be in one of three “Senate Office Buildings” or SOB. They are Dirksen, Hart, and Russell. The room number of your Senator coincides with the floor his or her office is on. If your Senator is located in Hart 302, that office is on the 3rd floor; Dirksen 439, is on the 4th floor; Russell 238 is on the 2nd floor.

Directory of the House of Representatives

Your Representative’s office will be in one of three “House Office Buildings” or HOB. They are Cannon (CHOB), Longworth (LHOB), and Rayburn (RHOB). The room number of your representative coincides with the floor his or her office is on. If your representative is located in Cannon 328, that office is on the 3rd floor. If the office number is more than three digits, disregard the first number and the second number represents the floor your representative’s office is located on. For example, an office listed as Rayburn 2439, is on the 4th floor; Longworth 1721 is on the 7th floor.

March & Rally

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 has been set aside for NCIL’s March and Rally on Capitol Hill. We will be lining up outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel along 11th & G Streets NW at 9:30 a.m. for the March. Participants will be divided up into their respective regions where signs will be distributed by state. We will begin marching at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

The March route is a little over one mile long. We have an area designated on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, near Constitution Avenue and First Street NW (see page 33 for map or page 32 for directions). The Rally will begin at 11:30 a.m. Please feel free to join the Rally even if you are not able to participate in the March. Lunch will be provided to conference registrants.

The March and Rally will occur rain or shine so it is important to dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to spend most of your day outdoors on Capitol Hill. Be sure your chair is fully charged, and you have enough medications, supplies, snacks, and drinks to get you through the day. As we learned in years past, it is imperative that people who use power wheelchairs or electric scooters bring plastic bags to protect batteries and controls in case of rain.

After the Rally, NCIL members are strongly encouraged to go and meet with their elected officials to discuss pressing legislation impacting people with disabilities and Independent Living nationwide.

About Your Visit to Capitol Hill

Security Notice: In order to meet with your elected official, you will have to pass through a security screening in all House and Senate office buildings. You are encouraged to bring photo ID with you on your Capitol Hill visit. All bags are subject to thorough search and security screening. If you have any of the following items with you on your visit to Capitol Hill, you may not be allowed to visit your representative. Prohibited items include:

  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Any sharp or pointed object
  • Knives of any size, including pocket knives
  • Cans and bottles
  • Any bag larger than 14″ wide x 13″ high x 4″ deep (per security discretion)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Non-aerosol spray
  • Aerosol containers

This is an abbreviated list. If in doubt, leave it at the hotel!

Tunnels: Both the Senate and the House Office Buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels. Once you pass through security to either the Senate or the House Office Buildings, you can move about freely between buildings of that office without having to repeatedly go through security. The interconnecting tunnels can be found in the basements of both the Senate and House Office Buildings.

Hill Cafeterias

Have some down time in between appointments once you are in the House or Senate Office Buildings? Both offer a number of places to have everything from a quick snack, to a full meal. For more specific information on directions to tunnels, eateries, or to your representatives’ office, feel free to ask Hill staff or security.

Senate Office Buildings:

  • Russell Basement: Coffee and Sandwich Shop
  • Dirksen Basement: Full Cafeteria – Your best bet on the Hill!

House Office Buildings:

  • Longworth Basement: Cafeteria
  • Rayburn Basement: Coffee and Sandwich Shop

There is also a cafeteria located inside the U.S. Capitol Building.

Services on Hill Visits

CART (Communications Access in Real Time), sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, personal assistants, accessible materials, and other services will be provided upon request for all NCIL conference activities. However, participants must arrange their own services for Hill Visits on Tuesday, July 25. The following email contact is provided by the Capitol Visitor Center: Interpreters@saa.senate.gov.

Additional Resources

For more help with planning your visit to the Capitol please visit the Capitol Visitor Center’s website: www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/visitors-disabilities.

For more information about how Congress works, see Understanding Congress: Tools to Advance Policy Priorities.

March Route

Directions from the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1000 H Street NW / Washington, DC 20001) to NCIL Rally Site (West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building)

  • From the Grand Hyatt (1000 H Street NW), Head East on H Street NW toward 10th Street NW (118 feet)
  • Turn right onto 10th Street NW (0.4 miles)
  • Turn left onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW (0.5 miles)
  • Continue onto Constitution Avenue NW (0.2 miles)
  • At Constitution Avenue NW & 1st Street NW, turn right onto 1st Street.
  • Proceed 100 feet on 1st Street – Rally should be to your right.

Directions from Rally Site Back to Grand Hyatt

  • From Constitution Avenue NW & 1st Street NW, head west on Constitution Avenue NW toward Louisiana Avenue NW (0.3 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW (0.4 mi)
  • Turn right onto 10th Street NW (0.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto H Street NW
  • Destination will be on the left

Accessible Entrances

  • Capitol Building: Public tours enter through the Capitol Visitor Center; Official House business enters on the south side of the Capitol; Official Senate business enters on the north side of the Capitol.
  • Capitol Visitor Center (CVC): Main entrance at First and East Capitol streets. The CVC also offers an on-demand shuttle and other services.
  • Cannon House Office Building: Entrance on New Jersey Avenue, SE, south of the terrace at the intersection with Independence Avenue.
  • Dirksen Senate Office Building: First and C Street entrance.
  • Ford House Office Building: Entrance on 3rd Street, SW or 2nd Street, SW.
  • Hart Senate Office Building: Second Street entrance or Constitution Avenue entrance.
  • Longworth House Office Building: Main entrance, Independence and New Jersey Avenues. Or the South Capitol Street entrance.
  • O’Neill House Office Building: C Street SW between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

NCIL Rally Site

NCIL Rally Site: West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building

See a map of the US Capitol Complex