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I have worked for three different Congressmen in my career. I must say, that although every position I have served in has been different, in many ways they have been the same. All three positions involve the ability to know what major bills are on the verge of being passed and how the congressman I work for is voting on them.
Whether it is at church or just hanging out with some friends, the question that I have been asked countless times is “how can I track a bill in Congress?” Although those who work on Capitol Hill may have access to more in-depth information, there are a couple things that those who do not work for a Congressman can do.
The first thing you can do is simply call your Congressman and ask about the bill you are interested in. Ask questions such as where does the Congressman stand on this bill? Is he in the committee that would pass this bill? Leave your name and address and his office will usually respond by letter within 2-4 weeks.
Note: Be sure to have a bill number or else it will be difficult for the office to know what bill you are referring to.
Another way to track a bill, and I believe the best way, is to visit the website govtrack.us. This is a great resource for tracking Congress. You can track your Congressman, a certain committee, or a specific bill. What is great about this website is that you can focus in on a certain topic and it will display all the bills currently in Congress on that subject. For example, if you are interested in bills concerning education simply click on the track tab, then on bills and resolutions, and then search by subject, and finally click on the education tab. When you click on a bill not only will it display the actual bill, it will also tell you who introduced the bill, the date that it was introduced, and an estimated chance that it has of getting through Congress.
It is important that Americans are educated and up to date on what is going on in their country. If you find a bill that you are against, tell your friends, call your Congressman, and voice your opposition. Many people could not name a single bill in Congress right now and that is because we do not know how to track those issues that are important to us.
American Church and Family email updates are a great way to be updated on bills that may affect your church or family. I have attached some links below to some great books on how a bill becomes a law. These resources are great ways for you and your children to learn how congress works, and will help the whole bill passing process make sense. Hosea 4:6 says “My people parish for lack of knowledge.”
Resources to help you and your family understand law making.
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