Like many in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner is embracing Twitter as a way to connect to American citizens. For the next two days, you can submit your questions to Boehner, and the top voted ones will be asked in an interview on YouTube this Tuesday March 3rd.
You might remember that President Obama did a Twitter/YouTube interview a few days after the State of the Union address in January. The POTUS answered the top questions submitted to his team via both Twitter and YouTube, and it looks like Speaker Boehner will be following in his footsteps.
Boehner is asking his Twitter followers to send any questions they have for him about the budget debate or other topics to him using Twitter:
Questions tagged with the hashtag “#askthespeaker” will be added to the rapidly growing list of questions on Boehner’s YouTube page, and users can vote for their favorites there. In just about a day, there have been over 2,600 questions submitted, and more than 29,000 votes cast for the best ones. The top question right now (which is longer than 140 characters, so I assume it was submitted via the YouTube page directly and not Twitter), is the following:
“Will the Republicans in Congress be willing to pass legislation mandating that all government employees including senators and congressmen have the same healthcare and Social Security retirement programs as the citizens they represent?”
With 122 votes – just 1 more than the second question – this appears to be what the “internet” wants to know from the Speaker most.
If you have a burning question you’d like to ask John Boehner, you can go ahead and submit it to him using the #askthespeaker hashtag, and follow his @SpeakerBoehner for updates.