August recess often gets a bad rap for being the month each year that Congress takes a break from D.C.—and its legislative work. However, it’s also the time when most lawmakers participate in community activities and spend time meeting with constituents. In August, they can leave the confines of Capitol Hill, put faces to the issues they consider in Congress, and hear what’s on the minds of the people they represent.
It’s also the perfect moment for all of us to engage with our lawmakers and tell them we’re ready and eager for a Congress that works. Change often starts at the grassroots level in towns and cities across America. With institutional change on the horizon through the House Modernization Committee, it’s important that we, the American people, bolster this effort and express that Congress desperately needs a makeover. Here are ways to constructively engage with your legislators—and be an active participant in improving our democracy—this August recess:
With just over four months left until the end of 2019—and the work of the Modernization Committee—we’re on the cusp of having a Congress that works better for all of us, but we can’t get there unless we engage with our lawmakers to urge congressional reform. This August recess, let’s seize on the opportunity to do just that — and, together, create a Congress that works.