With the debt ceiling and other budget issues being hotly debated on Capitol Hill, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking to Facebook to answer constituent questions and clearly state their views on the economy and issues of the day.
Once relegated to communicating via press releases, press conferences and media interviews, members are leveraging Facebook’s many features — from taped video questions and answer sessions to livestream chats and town halls — to directly address voters.
And Facebook’s “Congress on Facebook” page is capturing your congressional leaders’ every move on the social networking site.
Here are four recent examples of the issues discussed on the Congress on Facebook page.
Representatives continue to use Facebook to announce their positions on the federal debt crisis. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., led female GOP members in a round of special-order speeches condemning President Obama’s handling of the issue, while Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., posted a video of her weekly press conference, where she criticized Republican tactics during the debate.
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., concluded a Facebook town hall meeting and was pleased enough with the turnout that he promised more interactive opportunities in the future. Huizenga, who also has the GOP jobs plan Facebook tab popularized by John Boehner, R-Ohio, engaged voters on the debt limit to legislation before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md., tried to rally support for the Respect for Marriage Act by writing up a supportive post and tagging fellow Senator Patrick Leahy, a leader on the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate. The bill would scrap the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, allowing the federal government to provide marriage benefits to single gender couples.
House Republican New Media Caucus Co-Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers was disappointed she couldn’t answer questions live during last week’s Facebook DC Live show with fellow Co-Chair Rob Wittman so she recorded some answers to questions.
Have you have used Facebook to contact your member of Congress?