Even if you don’t agree with your elected representatives, it is still important to let them know what you think. Case in point…
On Monday January 2, 2017 the house GOP representatives got together in a private meeting to propose an amendment to HR 5 which outlined the rules for the coming Congress. This amendment changed the rules for the ethics oversight group significantly. It took away the independence of the group and put it under the control of the people it was to oversee. It also notably took away the ability for anonymous tips. There were a number of other changes, but these were the ones that bugged me the most.
News of this broke late Monday/early Tuesday. I, along with a large portion of the electorate, called our representatives to express our disapproval of this move. I asked everyone I know to call and express concern. I was impressed with the number of people that were supportive and asked for more information or wanted to research it before calling. Exactly the response that should be given.
Midday on Tuesday, after the switchboards were swamped with public outcry, public denouncements by politicians and a general sweeping disagreement the move was reversed.
It shows that CALLING your representative helps. They pay much more attention to phone calls or in person visits than they do to letters or email. Please become familiar with your representative, know how to contact them, and contact them whenever you have a strong feeling about an issue; positive or negative.
This was the first thing the new Congress did. I think that this is telling and indicates to me that I personally will be speaking to my representative’s office a lot during the next 2 years. It is important that we all watch what they are doing and let them know often that we are watching.
This is OUR Government to support what WE want. Exercise your rights and your duty to keep our representatives in check.