It may be hard to believe but it’s September 21st already. With that, if your TV hasn’t told you already with a litany of ads, election season is upon us. While you'll mainly hear about the "hot" topics, there are many an item getting voted on in Congress that you might not even know about.
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Why does it have to be so hard to understand what our lawmakers are up to?
With Countable, it doesn’t.
Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. We also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration.
You can use Countable to:
Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.
How do we do it?
Our editorial team researches and reviews legislation that’s coming up for vote or trending in the news. Summaries are non-partisan and the editorial team works to offer a balanced perspective. They summarize the legislation and answer key questions like:
Who will be impacted?
How much does it cost?
What are the arguments for or against it?
How are my votes delivered to my representatives?
When you vote on legislation, we send an automatic message to your lawmaker. You can customize these messages by following the prompt after you vote. We also send your contact information so your lawmaker (or more likely, their staffers) can verify that you live in their district. We believe that most representatives will respond to your messages — please let us know when they do!
Can I suggest edits to a bill?
Absolutely. If you’re on the website, click the “feedback” link on the right side of the page. Also feel free to send us any other ideas (about our write ups or otherwise) on our feedback form.
Why don’t you have every bill summarized?
We try to cover every bill likely to be voted on in Congress and bills that are topical or in the news. Our mission is to provide you with a way to evaluate how your own views stack up against your representatives’ views.
There are a variety of reason bills don’t make it to a congressional vote. A bill might not receive enough support to make it out of the committee to which its assigned, or it may have a counterpart in the House or Senate that passes first.
To avoid inundating you with bills that never see the light of day, we provide summaries only on bills that will likely see a vote, or that pose an interesting political question.
I love this idea! How do I get involved?
Awesome! Here are a few ways you can dig deeper:
It’s a pretty great app, and a wonderful way to stay informed about a lot of matters that fly under the radar in our government.