If your member of federal Congress is a Democrat, she or he can be out-voted by Republican legislators for the next two years, at the very least. The President and his cabinet will push forward things that most Democrats don’t want to see, and have scant ability to prevent. If you’re opposed, and your member of Congress is a Democrat, how can you have any voice?
By counting your votes, and making your votes count.
Members of Congress are voting on all those issues you marched about. You have something they care about very much: Your vote. They make decisions that affect your vote every time they vote. Make sure you know who yours are. Make sure they know where you stand on every issue you care about that’s coming up.
Call early and often. Make sure your friends do, too. If you can’t call every time, then find enough friends to cover the issues you each care about. Phone the constituent office. Staff has to take and log these calls, and they have to be polite to you because you vote. Your personal call and comments are more effective than signing petitions or sending pre-formatted email. If pre-formatted is all you have time to do, it’s better than nothing.
- If your member of Congress is Republican, what’s her or his position on issues you care about? Might that member consider breaking ranks with the President, if enough people in her or his district or state push the issue?
Senators Susan Collins (ME), John McCain (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), Rob Portman (OH) and Lisa Murkowski (AK),
the top five least likely to support Trump: analysis by Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com GETTY IMAGE
- Look to the mid-terms. That’s just two years from now. If the Senate majority flips from Republican to Democratic, the President has less ability to move his agenda along.
Democrats must defend 23 seats, plus another two held by friendly independents, and then win some of the eight seats held by the GOP. Are any of those races in a state where you live? How can you get involved?
Related: More from The Hill on the outlook for 2018.
- Then: What friends of yours are represented by Republican members of Congress, in the House or Senate? Call them. Find out what issues have in common, and are concerned about. Ask them to call THEIR members of Congress and urge them to break ranks with the party rather than support positions that you consider untenable. If only FIVE Republican senators break ranks, those propositions can’t pass. It’ll take 46 Republican members of congress willing to do that to achieve the same thing in the House.
How likely is that to happen? I am no pundit. But it can only happen if people try.
- One other thing: Congress has an investigative arm: the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ANY member of the House of Representatives can ask the Government Accountability office to investigate something. ANY member, majority or minority. Republican or Democrat. ONE. Want more actual official facts? Ask your member of Congress to request an investigation.