Random Repository of Regulatory Rhetoric

In absolutely no order, and without the implication of any endorsement whatsoever, whatsoever:

Step 1: Find a topic to address. This can either be something totally off the radar right now, or a specific take on an issue already the focus of attention. The latter can begin as a bill, but be used as an amendment to existing legislation.

Step 2: Recognize the reality of the situation. Republicans control both houses; for anything to pass this Congress it will require a majority of Republicans in the House to vote for it (Otherwise Speaker Boehner will not bring it to the floor for a vote, even in a majority of the overall Congress supports it) and a strong Bipartisan support in the Senate (60 votes are needed to invoke Cloture, so both Dems and Republicans are needed).

Step 3: Craft the language. Since not everyone is a part-time legal counsel, this can be as simple as finding the appropriate U.S. Code and striking out or adding language.

Step 4: Come up with a flashy title. The internet / public loves a flashy title. This may seem silly, but if you want attention you need to identify what you are working towards.

Step 5: Consider other opinions. While your language doesn’t have to bend to the will of every interest, take the time to find groups that come from a different perspective, and get their thoughts. You may discover an unintentional loophole, or language better suited for your needs.

Step 6: Press the issue. All offices keep a tally of issues that constituents call in about. A new topic is typically not on anyone’s radar until either lobbyists or constituents are making it an issue. Calling campaigns aren’t ace in the hole, but they get a conversation started.

If you really are interested in making an impact, I commend you. This may sound like a lot of work, because it is. Lots of people like to say lobbyists hand over money to politicians to win votes, an while sometimes than can in some ways be true, the real truth is they have the money to hire teams of people to craft compelling legislation, meet with members across the Hill, and recruit constituents to spend their time calling in. You can play their game too, but it is a lot of work.

  1. John Danahy says:

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