As the rhetoric around the “fiscal cliff” talks heat up in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress are squaring off on Facebook to to tell their sides of the story. It’s not unlike the summer of 2011, when congressional leaders used Facebook and other social media channels to rally support for their sides during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling — and we know how well those talks went.
In the midst of a heated election season and record-low approval numbers for Congress, an under-the-radar congressional caucus focused on changing the tone on Capitol Hill is using Facebook and Twitter in a grassroots and urgent effort to get members to change their attitudes.
Letter writing is a thing of the past. Constituents are taking to Facebook to give opinions to lawmakers in Washington, D.C., before the August 2 debt ceiling deadline.
Members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking to videos on Facebook to answer questions about trade, the debt ceiling, budget issues and more.