All Elected Members of Congress
are Part of the U.S. Government
House of Representatives
The House of Representatives will have 370 elected members (a 15% reduction from the 2016 number of 435). Members are no longer allocated by State, rather by regionally similar areas.*
The allocation (by percentage it is the same as the current allocation) is as follows:
1 New England - 18 - 4.9%
2 New York, New Jersey - 33 - 8.9%
3 Mideast - 35 - 9.5%
4 Southeast - 74 - 20.0%
5 Great Lakes - 62 - 16.8%
6 South - 46 - 12.4%
7 Plains - 16 - 4.3%
8 Rocky Mountains - 13 - 3.5%
9 West & Hawaii - 58 - 15.7%
10 Pacific Northwest & Alaska - 15 - 4.1%
Every elected member has a role in the government and will be responsible for managing their projects throughout the Engaged Democracy process. The role of a member of the House of Representatives is to stay with a project(s) from start to finish, in order to ensure consistency and to keep the process moving.
Members are not permitted to attempt to influence policy.
Under the Engaged Democracy system, and well into the future, regionalization is abandoned completely. Citizens will have access to all Members based on their preferences, not their location.
* Standard regions identified by US Office of Management and Budget
The Senate will have 50 elected members (a 50% reduction from the current 100). Members are nominated by House of Representative members. Once the nomination is accepted, the individual is then voted upon by the general public.
The Senate is regionally segmented equally with 5 per region. No attempt is made for proportionately.
The allocation is as follows:
1 New England - 5
2 New York, New Jersey - 5
3 Mideast - 5
4 Southeast - 5
5 Great Lakes - 5
6 South - 5
7 Plains - 5
8 Rocky Mountains - 5
9 West & Hawaii - 5
10 Pacific Northwest & Alaska - 5
As the original intent of the Senate was to be the upper House and an group designed for more insightful thought, the Senate is comprised only of former member of the House of Representatives.
Those that have distinguished themselves through exemplary implementation of the Engaged Democracy process will be nominated by their colleagues.
Members are in place to be a consultancy to the house as they manage the process and be a sounding board for best practices, a catalyst for citizen engagement, purveyors of cause and effect and general oversight of individual members in the House. The goal is to eliminate waste due to superior knowledge.
There is a two-step election process for selecting the President of the United States of America.
The first step is to receive a nomination from the members of the entirety of Congress. It would be expected that the nominee would usually be individuals from either the House or the Senate.
There must be at least three nominees for an election to be conducted. If there are not multiple candidates nominated, then an election will not be held.
However, being in the House or Senate is not a prerequisite to be a candidate. Any citizen in the United States is eligible to be president. The Senate and House however, must still nominate the individual.
The second step is to receive the vote of the citizens of the USA through the traditional voting methodology. However, the president must receive 60% total approval to be considered elected to the position. As there has to be more than one candidate running to be president, a system of voting whereby the candidate with the lowest total number of votes will be removed from the ballot. Any candidate that does not receive at least 10% on any ballot is automatically eliminated from contention.
While in office, the President, receives continuous approval ratings from the citizens. The President can be removed from their position and be recalled at any time (after the first 18 months)if approval ratings drop below 60% for a predesignated period of time. That person can then offer to run again if they choose.
The on-line component of EDDIE is accessible all the time.
Members of the House of Representatives and Senate can work from wherever the choose. They are not expected to be on-line and working 24 hours a day, but when involved in directly managing the Engaged Democracy process, they are expected to be available regularly during that period.
The Capitol buildings will likely become obsolete. There will be no question periods, or media scrums and Members will continue to work from wherever they choose, so a central location is not required.
The building and grounds would not be destroyed of course, rather re purposed.
Members of the House of Representatives will receive $500,000/year. There will be no expenses associated with the performance of their role.
Senators will make $750,000/year. As the role of the Senator changes dramatically in the Engaged Democracy system, a dramatic salary increase is required. Senators are to be considered the best and brightest political minds that the USA has to offer in the Public Service. Senators can only reach their position after serving in the House of Representatives.
The president will earn $1,000,000/year (House member x 2), plus performance expenses are covered and housing is provided.
Like most other Americans, elected members will get a salary and that is the extent of their income. There will be no expenses provided. All members of Congress are considered employees of the government of the USA. Accepting any funds from third party sources or private business is illegal.
The salary determination is considered generous in order to attract qualified candidates to the House of Representatives. The goal is to make being a member of Congress an aspirational role that people would want to have and keep. Being generously compensated is part of that effort.
As a comparison, the base salary in 2015 for a member of the House of Representatives is $174,000/year, plus a litany of expenses and bonuses for members with positions.
The President currently earns $400,000/year, plus expenses and housing.
The base salary for a Senator is $174,000/year plus another stipend for expenses.
As there are less sitting members in both houses, total costs will be reduced dramatically. Budgeting for the operations of Congress would be much simpler as well. Also, members of both Houses are not required to locate to Washington DC so all housing expenses are eliminated.
Members will no longer have full-time staff. The appointed and hired bureaucracy will be eliminated over time as those positions become filled by citizens contributing to the Engaged Democracy process.