How Direct Congress Works

Any U.S. citizen may propose new ideas for laws and rate others’ work.  Verified citizens may vote on the few good bills that survive our thorough public review process.  The BLUE text in the picture shows the path a bill can take in Direct Congress to become a real law:

Please read our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSnext, or learn more about each section of Direct Congress:
New Bills

‘DC’ participants will be able to review newly created bills, and choose:

  1. [Ready for a Vote]
  2.  [Needs Work]
  3.  [Duplicate Bill]
  4.    – five stars for excellent and negative one star for fundamentally awful.
  5.   Also, you may Report abuse

For a bill to move from the New Bills page to the Deliberation Room, it must receive 10 “Ready for a Vote” clicks before it receives ten  ‘Needs work’ votes or ten “Duplicate” votes.  If the bill is designated a duplicate, it will be sent to the subfloor of the Depository.  Bills that need work are returned to their author who can choose to either edit or delete their bill.

Deliberation Room

The Deliberation Room is at the heart of Direct Congress and our ability to create the best laws possible for America.  Every Direct Congress participant may sort or search through bills and click on any of the following bold titles:

  1. [Submit to Vote]
  2.  [Oppose]
  3.  [Like, but…]
  4.      – five stars for excellent and negative one star for fundamentally awful.
  5.  [Comment

Once a bill receives a “Submit to Vote” approval by 20% of active users (participants who have made a contribution within the last month), the bill will move to the ‘Voting Floor’ of Direct Congress.  Upon entering the ‘Voting Floor’, all participants in Direct Congress will receive an email notice that they have seven days to vote yes or no on this bill, unless they’ve opted not to receive emails.  As in the current U.S. congress, the bill will pass the approval of Direct Congress with a vote greater than 50%, and proceed to The President’s Desk.

Voting Floor

On the main home page of Direct Congress is the voting floor where any bills that are ready for a vote are listed along with their star rating, the most popular comments for and against the proposed law, peer-reviewed Information and the current numbers of votes – for and against the bill. (See example on home page).  As a default setting, these bills will be listed in order of when their voting period will expire first.

At My ‘DC’ Office, a participant may choose settings to only see and work with real congressional bills, ‘DC’ citizen-created bills, or both.  Until Direct Congress contracted officials hold significant majorities in both chambers of Congress in stage three, this website will clearly label the two types of bills.

President’s Desk

Every bill that wins the majority vote at Direct Congress is sent to the President’s desk with the expectation that our current elected leaders will work to sign this publicly-supported bill into law.   A responsibility of Direct Congress-contracted congressional representatives will be to sponsor our popular citizen-created bills in the real U.S. Congress.  In the not so distant future, some laws we create online will become the law of our land.

Depository

The Depository page contains all bills that never reached the voting floor due to unpopularity or duplication of efforts.  Any citizen is welcome to review failed bills and ‘request’ to resurrect them, if they so choose.  A bill in the Depository can be returned to the Deliberation Room with 1000 ‘requests’ by participants to resurrect the bill.  Participants in Direct Congress may solicit family members and friends to come online to help resurrect a bill from the depository.

Next Learn: How Voting Works or how to Propose a Law.