Google+ helps constituents connect with Members of Congress on major policy issues

Posted by Sarah Kaehler, Google+ Politics Team

Washington D.C. and the legislative process can feel very far removed from our everyday lives even though what happens in the halls of Congress will have a big impact on our future.  Over the last few months, we have seen more and more Members of Congress turn to Google+ in order to break down traditional barriers of communication and have a candid conversation about serious issues facing our country.

As immigration and student loans become hot topics on Capitol Hill, members are turning to Google+ Hangouts On Air to connect with constituents and advocates across the country.  
Hangouts allow lawmakers to directly engage with people back in their respective districts without leaving their office, allowing for a real conversation to take place beyond the Beltway.

With votes this week on bills about these issues, representatives from both sides of the aisle have been working to make sure their voices are heard one last time. Yesterday, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) joined organization America’s Voice to discuss immigration  and make a final push for reform.

And today
American Action Forum will be hosting conservative thought leaders to discuss strengthening the immigration reform bill with amendments. Tune in to watch live here.

With just under a week until student loan rates are set to double, House Republicans are hosting a series of Hangouts On Air to discuss the issue. Scheduled Hangouts On Air include:

  • June 26th at 11:30 AM ET with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Jackie Wolorski (R-IN)
  • June 26th at 3:30 PM ET with Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • June 26th at 3:30 PM ET with Reps. Larry Buschon (R-IN) and Diane Black (R-TN)
  • June 27th at 12:00 PM ET Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Tune in on Google+ this week to see how Congress is voting and to learn more about how the decisions will impact you.