Oct 14, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Mikael Moore, 202-579-7023
October 14th, 2011
Today, Rep. Waters released the following statement:
'"Over the last several weeks, I have heard from you in a variety of ways about our nation’s struggling economy and unemployment. You have written letters, called, posted on my Facebook page and tweeted me, expressing your concern and your ideas about how to keep America moving forward. More people, especially here in Washington, need to hear your voice, concerns and ideas.
"Therefore, during the week of October 24th, I will read a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives (#ourspeech), composed entirely of your words in posts from my Twitter and Facebook feeds that you post between now and Sunday midnight.
"How will it work?
"In order to participate, you and your friends must first follow me @maxinewaters on Twitter and/or like my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MaxineWaters. Then, I’ll need you to answer this simple question: if I could give a speech on the House floor about jobs and the economy, what would I say?
"Post as much or as little as you like; just make sure you use #ourspeech for each entry. Get your friends, family and co-workers involved. If you have an innovative small business idea, share it. If you have an idea on how to reform our tax system, share it. If you have an idea on how to get Americans working again, share it. If you are frustrated and just want to be heard, share it. The words you share have the chance to be heard by millions and become a part of the permanent Congressional record. Use #ourspeech to follow the conversation. Add on to others messages, start your own narrative, edit figures and facts. You write it and I will deliver it. This is #ourspeech so we can say what we want.
"Once we collect all of the tweets and Facebook posts, my staff and I will compile as many as we can into a floor speech crediting everyone whose comments were included.Not everyone’s thoughts will be used. If we do it right, we can make your voice a regular part of the conversation in Congress. As I mentioned, the opportunity to participate starts now and ends Sunday at midnight.
"Remember you must follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page to participate. Social media has offered us all a way to expand democracy. Now I want to bring it to the floor of Congress to let Washington know exactly how you feel. If you are tired of only politicians having a say in the debate, now is your time to change that. "Follow," "like" and contribute to #ourspeech."