House GOP Invites Americans to Form New Agenda
WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders unveiled a new initiative May 25 at the Newseum that would combine with new media to give Americans a voice in creating a new governing agenda for Congress.
Called "America Speaking Out," the initiative, through its website AmericaSpeakingOut.com, will utilize the Internet, social networks, telephone apps and town hall meetings to create a public dialogue between citizens and government.
"All across the country, Americans are speaking out," said House Minority Leader John Boehner. "Unfortunately, they don’t see Washington Democrats listening. The purpose of this project is to give the American people a megaphone to speak out by using the best technology available."
America Speaking Out chairman Kevin McCarthy said the project is "not about candidates or elections" but a "21st century innovation that will revolutionize the relationship people have with government."
The website, which the leaders said is open to all Americans, allows citizens to talk about a wide range of issues that would help introduce legislation in Congress. Republican Whip Eric Cantor pointed to a series of legislation from the past 18 months, including health care reform, the stimulus package and regulatory reform, which he said have prompted Americans to voice their concerns.
Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence emphasized that America Speaking Out is "not a political party in search of principles."
Boehner said the GOP [knows] "what our principles are. We’ve spend the past 18 months being the party of better solutions."