3 SIMPLE SITES TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS
We all (well, most of us) want to know exactly what’s happening in our nation’s capitol. After all, America is our country, as in We The People. And its preservation is up to each one of us. We should be asking questions, observing and seeking to respond.
What bills are Congress passing or throwing out? How are the new laws going to affect me? How did my state legislator vote? And how do I contact him or her to voice my opinion?
Yet, we all have busy lives with family, work, health and the list goes on. Regardless, you can still be aware and involved - it’s a matter of finding the right resources.
We’ve found 3 simple, efficient and thorough sites to give you the answers to your questions and more. A few minutes a day is all you need to know what’s going on in D.C.. A few more minutes will allow you to call, email, write, post - whichever way you prefer to participate in our democratic process.
Take a look:
COUNTABLE Not only does this site provide info on bills, notes and political news - it also allows you to easily participate in the political process through its app (IOS & Android friendly). With a click you can easily call or even send video messages to your representative sharing opinions on bills and your story. You can also vote as part of the Countable community to help legislators see public opinion on current bills.
GOVTRACK.US In their own words, govtrack.us makes “information about the United States Congress accessible, understandable and actionable for public use.” Provides biographical information on representatives, congressional district maps and contact information for each one. Also provides information on past, current and upcoming bills - including the research behind the bills.
PROPUBLICA - REPRESENT This project is quite straightforward. Provides current bills categorized by topic and in chronological order. Shows visual graphics of how representatives voted. Also provides links to congressional statements and contact information for each state.
The Greek statesman, Pericles declared, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
2400 years later, this declaration is still true.
Shine on, Kimberly
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