Initiative to Hold Congress Accountable Unveiled Today

A bipartisan group of former congressmen and some academics unveiled the “Voice of the People” initiative this morning at The National Press Club. The program proposes to set up “citizen cabinets” of 275-members each in all 435 congressional districts. That’s 120,000 advisors nationwide, armed with accurate information, organized to tell members how to formulate public policy. According to the Commercial Appeal, part of the rationale for the project is the concern that members of Congress hear only from extreme or self-interested people or entities and never get an unfiltered sense of what their constituents are thinking about available policy options.