Congress Does Not Represent the People of the United States

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The U.S. Congress, the legislative branch of the government, has become corrupted. This is the branch, of the three branches of government, set down by the Founders, that is supposed to represent the people of the United States. Do you think that we are fairly represented by the U.S. Congress? I am here to contend that we are not.

We only have to look as far as the current Senate Health Care Bill and the debate surrounding that bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the primary senator pushing the bill. He is doing so became he is being pushed by the President, but that is not the only reason. Since 1989 and to date, five of the top industries contributing to McConnell are: Health Professionals, Insurance, Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Pharmaceuticals and Health Products, and Health Services and HMOs. Can McConnell truly be unbiased?

Mitch McConnell represents the state of Kentucky as a senator. He is supposed to represent the people of that state. Kentucky is a poor state. A high percentage of the population, particularly in the Appalachian region of the state, use the Medicaid program. For example, in Kentucky, children represent 19 percent of all Medicaid spending but 43 percent of its enrollees. The Senate Heath Care Bill, pushed by Senator McConnell, would take away these benefits for many or most of these children who are not even the driving force of the Medicaid expenditures.

I ask you. Is Mitch McConnell representing his Kentucky constituency? Perhaps he is, instead, representing those five health care industries that contribute to his campaign funds? He is lobbying to take away the Medicaid benefits from his constituency.

The McConnell example is only one example of a senator who is not serving his constituency. Congress is supposed to serve as the voice of the people and the states to the federal government. Do you really think it is currently, or has in the recent past, been fulfilling that function?

Congress is also supposed to serve as an oversight body on the Executive Branch of government; in other words, the President of the United States. That, to me, is laughable at this point in time. Yes, there are committees in place to investigate the dealings of the Trump administration and I fervently hope they are doing their jobs. I count on the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, to oversee those committees at this point in time. The Senators and the Representatives are too worried about losing their own jobs to really serve as oversight on the President.

Congress now, instead of representing the people, represents money. The money they can make from the lobbyists of corporations like health care corporations if they follow their agendas. There is only one way to solve this problem. Term limits. Limit the terms of the Senators and Representatives so they don’t have time to become millionaires through lobbyists and on the backs of their constituencies, the taxpayers. Only then will we have something approaching a representative Congress again.

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  1. There are many citizens both Democrats and Republicans who are concerned about issues that come up before Congress. We watch and listen to our congressional leaders on television or NPR debating issues of national importance. Admiring them as they handle complex, back and forth issues that affect every American. We appreciate and admire their efforts, so much so, that we may want to express our appreciation or thoughts that concern us on what is or has been legislated.

    However, times have changed. Now more than ever, considering the Jan. 6th 2021 attack on the United States Capitol Building. Both Senate and House Congressional and State legislators must take every advantage of listening to the average citizen about their concerns. Unfortunately, they do not care about what others outside their legislative district have to say. That is going to be a problem.

    Our United States Congressional Representatives that are sent to Washington, on our behalf to the United States Capitol Building, to legislate, Too many legislators purposely refuse any interaction with the average American and I am going to tell you why. In fact it upsets me, so much so the purpose of my comment.

    United States Congressional Senate and House of Representatives from every state serving on various legislative congressional committees, supposedly acting on behalf of all Americans, no matter where we live, from all over America making decisions that affect us all, taxes, health, what we do, how we are to live, and make laws that affect us all in our daily lives. Leaving us with no other choice.

    Most United States citizen concerns are brushed aside. As United States Congressional Senators and Representative serve only their direct immediate legislative constituency. Their calendar spent in offering services of, visiting Washington, tours, invite meetings, arranging telephone town halls, coffee meet and greet, etc., etc., duties first and foremost to them. Something you would think office personnel are capable of handling,

    Something many Americans also have experienced, during election campaigns, United States congressional leaders and hopefuls from all over the country, many people you or I have never heard of, come begging for a $ donation, and pleading, begging, yes, begging for your support, constituency or not, to help them in their election to a congressional office or some legislative concern. But guess what? When contacting their office by way of email to a Senator or Representative, you find that you are not a constituent, even though they legislate laws on how you pay taxes, how you are going to live, and you may have even donated to one of their causes. They will reply with, “I’m sorry we are unable to respond to your letter, we have many constituency members that we need to respond to, Thank you.”

    I sent a email message to Sherrod Brown and guess what? I received his serving constituency message, unable to accept my email concern. Apparently, he is too busy setting up “coffee meet and greet” arrangements.

    But like many other political hopefuls he really was not that busy, finding the time to solicit me, now almost every other day it seems, asking for a $ donation. The example of what I am talking about follows.

    From: Sherrod Brown
    To: William Heino Sr.
    Date Mon, Oct 26, 2020 11:58 am

    “This is the last time this election that I will ask you to chip in $26.

    William: On the 26th of every month, I ask you to chip in $26 to our grassroots organization because $26 is our average online contribution.”

    “Special-interest groups are,…”[ blah…blah..blah.] “With only eight days to go until Election Day, we need to make If you can, will you chip in $26 — or however much you can manage — before midnight tonight?”

    Most Americans are not accustomed or know about the Federal Register in following every moment of what or how our United States Congressional law makers decisions are or made. However, these citizens are just as concerned about how we are expected live as a society, and they may wish to pass along information or comment on what our United States Congressional legislators just legislated into law, that affect us all, about their Congressional committee actions. Why else would we email, or spend time writing a letter to a United States Senator or Representative legislative committee members about what they just passed into law?

    However, the fact is, if members of Congress are legislating law on how we are expected to live and conduct ourselves, we therefore, are a constituent, their constituent. Why else would Sherrod Brown ask me for a dollar amount donation and constantly beg for not $3 but 26$.?

    All that I suggest or expect is, not to be brushed off. Having the decent courtesy by a legislator, now more than ever, that all correspondence be looked at for the possibility of an interest, a concern, perhaps a scoop of sorts or perhaps sensitive activity or information that only the Congressperson would have an interest in knowing and able to act upon. Elected officials and hopefuls must listen, when people have something to say. With the understanding that their message of concern will be looked at and if relevant may be considered in future legislative matters or other actions.

    When I contacted Representative Pete King, he does not brush you off by that constituency garbage. He replies,
    “I am in receipt of your recent e-mail and appreciate you taking the time to contact my office. I receive over a thousand phone calls, letters, and e-mails every day. While I make it a point to read every contact that comes through my office, I cannot always respond to each one, but I certainly will do my best. Please be assured that your e-mail is important to me and that I will do all I can to address your concerns.”

    Along with those few others, Senator Chuck Schumer he is another respected and revered outstanding legislator because he will not turn away your email. You have something on your mind I am sure he will make a note of your concern.

    If Jan. 6th has taught us one thing it is that our Congressional and State legislators, while telling the rest of us how we are to live must be more responsive to those others outside of their Congressional constituency . We all must be ever more vigilant. How else can our representatives in Congress contribute to stopping another Jan. 6th from happening again? By doing whatever it takes to listen and recognize those for their disappointment in their government. All that it takes is cutting out this constituency garbage. I do not think it is necessary to tie a note to a brick and throw it into a Capitol building window in order for Congressional legislators to understand there is a problem. Apparently to get their attention that’s exactly what happened January 6th.

    What these few past months should have taught us during the impeachment of Donald John Trump is that many members of Congress would sell their sole to hold on to their Congressional seat doing whatever it takes and proves my argument. Legislators do not want to go through what most Americans go through looking for a job or holding on to a job like most Americans do on a daily basis. That is why the vote in the Senate chambers turned out the way it did. Many Congressional legislators do not care about Trump, and do not want to hear from you or your problems. But they will not hesitate to solicit you begging for your money in order to remain in Congress or as a State legislator. Try it, ask any legislator out of your district a question next time they ask for a donation.

    Email messages accepted by those members in Congress whether, read or acknowledged, the sender has at least the satisfaction, in taking the time, and knowing that he or she did their civic duty. Getting something off their chest finally, which means a lot. This is something that Representative Peter King, and Senator Chuck Schumer understand.

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    1. I agree with much of what you say. However, I want to make one thing clear. The January 6 insurrection was caused and incited by Donald J. Trump. Period. End of story.

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