Understanding Congress Part 5 of 7: Communicating with Congress
As part 1 of this series suggests, one of the primary purposes of Congress in a representative democracy is to represent their constituents. So how then do Americans have their voice heard? This part is designed to provide guidance in that effort.
Understanding Congress Part 6 of 7: How Votetocracy can help Americans
Votetocracy is designed to give Americans a greater collective impact on the Congressional decisions. This part covers how Votetocracy works and the way in which we help measure improve communications with Congress.
Understanding Congress Part 7 of 7: The Influence Landscape
Influence takes many forms in a complicated web of direct spending and political advocacy. This part is designed to provide and overview of the different types of efforts used to gain influence with decision-makers in Congress.
Understanding Congress Part 2 of 7: Making sense of Congressional Terminology
Cloture, On motion, or Pocket Veto. Terms foreign to many of Americans make it difficult to understand what the bills in Congress are really about. This part breaks down many of these terms we can all be better informed.
What are Executive Orders
An executive order is any directive issued by the leader of the executive branch. Most often used by Presidents, Executive Orders can be directives to wage war for example. In this post we provide a brief history of their use and the types of orders that have given.
Communicating with Congress
Your elected officials represent you whether you voted for them or not. But they and their offices are busy people so communications should be a brief and clear as possible. Choose the way to communicate above that best fits your goals for communicating.
Understanding Congress Part 1 of 7: Congress Overview
Our democracy is a representative democracy where those in Congress represent us. This overview describes the basics of how our Congress works. Covering the two chambers - Senate and The House of Representatives and their exclusive powers as well as responsibilities of different people and committees in each chamber.
How many Senators and Representatives are there in Congress?
The number of Senators is fixed at two per state, equaling 100 Senators. The number of members in the House of Representatives is a different story and is based on population. Read on to learn more about how representation is determined.