Moms The Word

May 23, 2007

Stay Informed! *Works for Me Wednesdays*

Filed under: Politics, WFMW — mrslady @ 10:59 am

With the 2008 elections looming, and the debates already in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the limelight of the presidential election. However, even with the “big one” coming up, it’s important to remember that business as usual is still happening in Congress. They are voting on a lot of important issues at the moment [immigration comes to mind], but it’s easy to get bogged down in the search for information-especially when it comes to politics.

Here are a couple suggestions I have to keep yourself ahead of what’s happening in Washington:

*Know where to go. You can visit the House of Representatives at their website http://www.house.gov and the senate at http://www.senate.gov. On their respective pages you can find their session schedule, and current legislation schedules for the week. These pages are informative, but they can get a little hard to navigate so beware!

*Get more information. I recommend a more friendly place, http://www.congress.org, for finding information you can use. On this site you can not only sign up to have the voting record of your Congresspersons emailed to you. You can also search current bills, or recent bills, and get an easy to read detail of who voted for, who voted against, and who didn’t vote at all when it comes to that bill.

*Get involved! On http://www.congress.org you can write your congressman-or the president if you’re ambitious!-and let them get a little more “in touch” with the people. There are also links on that site to join groups supporting or against almost everything. If none of those float your boat, you can find a group or chatroom on almost anything using Google.

In my opinion, the key to a well-run country starts with the dilligence of it’s individual citizens. By staying informed and getting involved we let our leaders know that we not only are we watching, but that we care. Remember, it’s not just the presidential race that determines the future of our nation, but the sometimes mundane ins and outs of Congress that effect our lives on a daily basis.

Staying informed works for me! For more WFMW go to http://www.rocksinmydryer.typepad.com.

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4 Comments »

  1. Amen to that! They represent the people so why not let them know what the people think. It’s as easy as calling and saying, “Please tell Congressperson So-and-so that I support/opposed this bill.” It’s that easy!

    Comment by Sarah — May 23, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

  2. Great refrences! I need to bookmark these!

    Comment by Jane — May 24, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

  3. What good resources – a great way to stay informed!

    Comment by SeaBird — May 26, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

  4. Those are all wonderful links. It’s great that you want to stay informed about what your government is doing on a day-to-day basis–I just wish more people would follow your lead!

    Comment by Heather — June 28, 2007 @ 10:14 pm


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