House Republicans launched a new initiative yesterday called "America Speaking Out" (see video below). The program, led by Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), is an attempt to engage the public in the creation of the Republican policy agenda. This new initiative follows the YouCut program introduced several weeks ago.
According to the America Speaking Out website, the program "is your opportunity to change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda. Republicans have offered solutions, and we have our principles, but this is a new venue for us to listen to you."
There is no guarantee that what is proposed or discussed online will make it into official Republican party policy. Instead, it is touted as a venue for all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, to respectfully offer their opinions. The website states, "it is our hope that the active engagement of the American people will produce a robust debate that will aid in the construction of a new American agenda."
Participants of America Speaking Out must register a valid email with the site and set up a username and password. Then, participants can select a category within which they can submit an idea, vote on an idea, or post a response. Categories include:
- American Prosperity - Providing Americans the opportunities to succeed
- Fiscal Accountability - Restoring discipline and respecting your hard earned dollars
- American values - Protecting those things we hold dear
- National security - Providing a safe and secure nation
- Open Mic - Start your own debate; Speak Out
Participants will also earn activity points and badges associated with their usernames. The most active users and their activity point totals will be displayed.
All of the original Contract from America planks have been submitted. If those are still items that are important to you, then you may go to the America Speaking Out website to vote for them again.
No doubt, Tea Party supporters will be actively watching this site to see if our voices are really heard. The Tea Party Examiner will be posting updates about this initiative here as appropriate.
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