... both chambers employ a system of bells (that sound more like buzzers) and lights (on clocks and displays throughout the Capitol Complex) that provide alerts to Members. Almost no one knows what they mean, and you can easily survive life on Capitol Hill without ever having a clue.
Unfortunately, the system for introducing a bill in Congress still includes a lot of paper and the system for making that information available to the public is not exactly real-time. This is how it works when a Member of Congress decides to introduce a bill.
Since S.510 has received a lot of attention from POPVOX users, it seemed like a good time to explain exactly what “blue slipping” means. Short version: any bill with a tax has to start in the House of Representatives.
Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents (no one else.)
\nThis is one of the first, most important rules of legislative advocacy. If you have an opinion to share, a request to make, or a question to ask, address your Representative or Senator.
Josh and I are excited to name Rachna Choudhry as the third member of our founding team and the Chief Marketing Officer for POPVOX. Rachna is passionate about making the advocacy process more efficient. She draws upon 12 years of coalition-building and staff outreach experience to ensure that POPVOX “solves her problem” -- that is, the problem of the 10,000+ organizations that work to present their members’ concerns to Congress.
We will let her explain, below.
I first met Marci at a dinner party two years ago. When the host mentioned that she was a congressional staffer,...
Constituent communications are flooding and overwhelming Congressional offices. The resulting logjam is not good for the public trying to express an opinion and causes diminished returns on the investment advocacy organizations make to get their message through.