The association lobbyist’s iPad toolkit →
3. PopVox MarkUp : This app allows you to search for legislation via a keyword or bill number. Once you find the bill, you can get a cosponsor list by party, a list of organizations for and against the bill and the bill’s text. You can also share the bill text on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. You will need to create an account to use. $9.99.
Bills before Congress April 16-20
From our Hill sources: Both the House and Senate will take up tax bills this week, in honor of tax day (April 17 this year). H.R. 9 — This bill, the Small Business Tax Cut act, is the House GOP proposal to reduce small business taxes by 20 percent. The House should start work on this bill by Wednesday. It is expected to pass by Thursday at the latest. S. 2230 — The Paying a Fair Share Act...
CISPA tops weekly active bills list on POPVOX
Check out the bills that brought the most activity this week and click the links below to tell Congress what you think of them: H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 H.R. 4043: Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter Conservation Act H.R. 2657: Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act H.R. 1259: Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2011 S. 2230: Paying a Fair...
Engine Advocacy: Joining the Conversation →
engineadvocacy: Marci Harris is cofounder and CEO of PopVox. As a former Congressional staffer-turned-startup-entrepreneur, I am excited to see the discussion on the Engine blog address what it means to join the policymaking “conversation” in Washington. That conversation doesn’t have a very good…
Advocacy Alerts, PopVox and CiviCRM →
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) needed to be able to target and deliver our constituent’s comments on Congressional Bills to Senators and Representatives. Thanks to this blog post we found PopVox and thanks to the good folks at PopVox, CiviCRM and PopVox are now integrated.
Issue Spotlight: Vietnam Veterans Day
Yesterday, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring March 29 as “Vietnam Veterans Day.” The last American troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973. (Read the President’s proclamation.) In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, POPVOX is spotlighting bills related to Vietnam veterans. We hope you’ll weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share the list with your friends and networks. And for those of...
Weekly Bill Round Up: Week of 3/19
Weekly Bill Round Up Week of 3/19: Here are the bills that caught the attention of the POPVOX team and POPVOXnation this past week. The RESTORE Act (HR 4232) would amend the Freedom of Information Act to provide that the exemptions to that section shall not apply to matters relating to certain transactions executed by an instrumentality of the Federal Government operating in a commercial...
Issue Spotlight: Tobacco and Smoking
by KENTAI on MARCH 21, 2012 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American consumers spent approximately $90 billion on tobacco products in 2006 and currently, almost 20% of American adults smoke cigarettes. Below is a list of bills related to smoking and tobacco. HR 3382 The Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Act prohibits smoking in and around Federal buildings. ...
Keeping Our Hats in Separate Boxes: How We Manage... →
As in real life, where one can talk about politics at work, about their work at the dinner table, and about their family life in a town hall, one can share different kinds of information across different social media sites. But as in real life, we are also getting to a point where we have distinct places online to bring to the forefront our civic, social, and professional identities and, at our...
HEARD ON THE HILL Week of 3/18:
Week of 3/19: Here’s what’s new, what we’re hearing about — and what’s heading for a vote. (Got a bill tip for us? Email us at email@example.com.) IN THE SENATE: The JOBS Act: The JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act (Passed by the House, now considered by Senate) IN THE HOUSE: HR 3992 allows otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant...
Washington Post: At the SXSW festival, a large... →
This year’s festival was a return engagement for the founders of District-based Popvox, though chief executive Marci Harris said in some ways it felt like they were attending for the first time. Last year, the company, which provides a platform for constituents to communicate with Congress, was engrossed in a start-up business contest. The heads-down approach paid off as Popvox ultimately won...
ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: SUNSHINE WEEK
by RACHNA on MARCH 16, 2012 Sunshine Week (March 11 - 17) is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, according to sunshineweek.org. For Sunshine Week, POPVOX is spotlighting a variety of bills related to government transparency and access to information. We hope you’ll weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share with...
Issue Spotlight: Elder Care
From the POPVOX blog, by Rachna Choudhry on FEBRUARY 15, 2012 Nearly one in four households provide care to someone who is aged. With that in mind, we pulled together some bills that are related to elder care. We hope you’ll weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share with your friends and networks. S 464 The End Abuse in Later Life Act establishes a grant program to enhance...
JUST INTRODUCED: 1-yr Payroll Tax Cut Extension
If you have been following the discussions on extending the payroll tax cut (which expires Feb 29), you will be interested in the bill introduced yesterday by the House GOP. The bill extents the tax cut through 2012, with no offsets. The bill language will be available soon. Note: POPVOX is neutral. Highlighting a bill does not indicate endorsement.
HEARD ON THE HILL Week of 2/13:
Here’s what we’re hearing about this week — and what’s heading for a vote. HR 7: American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (Vote in House this week) S 1813: MAP-21Moving Ahead for Progress in the Twenty-First Century (MAP-21) (Vote in Senate this week) The Extended Unemployment Benefits Reform Act (S 2081) requires individuals to complete 20 hours of...
Feb 13: President Submits Budget to Congress
On Monday, the President submits his official Budget request to Congress. The President’s Budget is an outline, a proposal, a “this is how I would do it if I didn’t have to go through Congress,” version. The Budget will be made available online and literally delivered to the offices on Capitol Hill, where Congressional aides will begin scouring the language in...
ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: STARTUPS
The POPVOX team was invited to attend the State of Entrepreneurship briefing yesterday. In conjunction with this event, the Kauffman Foundation released two reports: “State Startup Act,” and “License to Grow.” Inspired by the event, we pulled together a list of bills relating to startups. We hope you’ll weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share with your friends...
Bills in the News this week
Each week, POPVOX highlights bills that are being considered in Congress, have recently been introduced, or are generally just getting some buzz. Here are a few on the list this week: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HR 3897 and S 2043) provides religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations. (Just introduced.) The Paying a Fair Share Act (HR 3903 and S 2059)...