by Countable | 4.20.17
Why should Members of Congress be the only ones to write laws? Ok, yes: they are the actual elected representatives of The People. But the truth is, lots of outside groups work with lawmakers to craft the proposals that are introduced in Congress; think tanks, special interest organizations, unions, and even lobbyists often have a hand in what eventually becomes law.
So why not us?
Day in and day out, we at Countable are amazed at the brilliance, strength and nuance of your opinions. Whether it’s ideas about the White House or pending legislation – the Countable community reveals the richness and depth of thought that is so often lost in modern politics.
That got us thinking: what if you could submit a bill to Congress? What would it accomplish? Would it repeal regulations? Take further steps to protect the environment? Rename your local post office?
Whatever your idea, we want to hear it. Hit the button below and fill out the form to write your bill. We'll feature your ideas here on Countable, and give the community the chance to vote on them. Those that get a lot of support we'll take to Congress, and lobby for them to be introduced.
What's your bill?
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Please introduce a Constitutional Amendment that repeals Citizens United. Big money should not influence government to the level it has been during these last few years. After all, the Preamble to the United States Constitution states that we will have a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." Our founding fathers did not intend for our government to be an oligarchy.
Just get this one passed: "The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 is a bill introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate on January 9, 2017, during the 1st session of 115th United States Congress. The bill's long title is "A bill to address financial conflicts of interest of the President and Vice President".
I would like ALL politicians to have to have the same healthcare all of us do. I would like for them to have to drug screen and test clean in order to get paid and remain on our payroll. I would like for their pay checks to be withheld if the budget is not balanced & would propose NO politician could accept money from lobbyists.
A bill should be introduced that requires any person wishing to run for President of the United States, or be considered for a cabinet position, to pass a competency exam to prove that they have sufficient knowledge regarding their (potential) new position. If they don't pass the competency exam for their position, they can't run for President or be considered for that cabinet seat. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, and engineers all have to pass competency exams to prove that they are knowledgeable enough to perform their jobs. Can someone explain to me why on earth we shouldn't hold the President and his/her cabinet to similar standards and verify their competency as well?
I want two kinds of bills to pass- one of them be a law which would wean us off fossil fuels and we step towards renewable energy to go forward like the rest of the world. Not only it'll fight back climate change, it will create thousands of jobs more than all fossil fuels combined. And I want a bill that passes onto single payer. I want Medicare for all and everyone deserves medical care!
A mandate that all congressional districts are created using nonpartisan means. This is a way of limiting the polarization we have not in congress by making districts much more diverse. However, this might be an issue for the individual states so I would prefer for it to be passed by each state legislature instead. Either way I think it needs to be enacted eventually to protect our country from descending into permanent gridlock.
This is kinda out away from recent polotics however its somthing i have wondered about and is bipartisan so i figured i would mention it. A New program that uses private companies at competitive prices to build solar panels at no cost to the public and and providing income for both the goverment and the independent company. How this would work is, you would sign up for the program and the company would install solar panels on your roof. Then however much electricity they produce would be sold to you at the same cost as your current electricity company until it has completely payed of the goverment plus 10%. From then on you alone profit from the solar panels you recieved at no cost to yourself and the goverment gets its investment grown by 10%.
There should be a bipartisan commission of private citizens who's membership rotate periodically to grade the job performance of Congressional representatives over the length of their tenure. This rating should not be based on party affiliation or political leanings but based on communication, curtesy and behavior within the institutions within our government, with their constituents and with other members of Congress on both within their political party and without. This commission should report on any infraction with specific examples and these infractions be in a written format for public consumption. It is time that Congress should be held to a known standard which is not based on politics and is not controlled by a politician.