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 Share Act of 2012
H.R. 4170: Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012
H.R. 4089: Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012
H.R. 123: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make certain tax relief permanent, and to repeal the estate tax.
S. 2200: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain family-owned farms and businesses from the estate tax.
H.Res. 612: Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.
H.R. 696: Tax Relief Certainty Act of 2011
H.R. 1448: Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act of 2011
H.R. 3359: Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
H.R. 1327: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2011
H.R. 4214: Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide Elimination Act
H.R. 3467: Sensible Estate Tax Act of 2011
H.R. 177: Death Tax Repeal Act
H.R. 4122: Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act
As we enter the week of the Florida Primary, we decided to take a look at what people in Florida have been telling Congress through the POPVOX system. Many of the bills that make the Florida list are similar the Top 50 bills overall, though some interesting things stand out:
Given that H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, was the most active bill on POPVOX this week, we decided to crunch some numbers related to the committee of jurisdiction on the bill. The House Judiciary Committee is currently considering the bill in a “mark-up”, which began in December and is set to resume next week when Congress returns.
Below is a chart of the input that Judiciary Committee members have received from their constituents through the POPVOX system.
A few observations:
As we always emphasize, POPVOX is not a poll. It is simply a sample of what Congress is hearing from constituents. The messages that are counted on POPVOX have been received by these Members through their official correspondence systems. (See: How We Deliver Messages). POPVOX brings transparency, efficiency, and accountability to that system.
FRIDAY UPDATE: The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), better known as “SOPA” provoked the most messages to Congress in the second week of 2012 on POPVOX.
From January 7 to January 13, over 850 people sent a message to their Congressperson regarding SOPA, bringing the total on POPVOX to just over 6,000 with 98% opposing the bill. Messages came from users in every Congressional district.
If you plan to join the Anti-SOPA Blackout on January 18, you can turn your website or blog into an online action center by using free widgets from POPVOX. The POPVOX Write Congress widget lets your visitors send a message to their member of Congress without leaving your site. A POPVOX Comment stream widget streams comments directly on your site so you can see what others are saying. Or just pick up a POPVOX “button” to link to the bill action page and show a real-time POPVOX sentiment tally.
POPVOX widgets are customizable for any bill, any position. So whether it is SOPA, PIPA, NDAA, or any other abbreviation… just pick up the code, and build your movement.