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house Bill H.R. 5321

TL; DR Act: Should Agencies Clearly Explain Action Items for Constituents at the Top of Communications?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies should be clear with constituents about action items they can or must respond to from the very beginning of their communications and what they entail. It’s just common sense and effective communication.

Hillary's Opinion
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04/13/2018
Absolutely yes. I find many government documents are poorly written at best, intentionally misleading in the worst cases. This is especially important for communications that require a response.
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Judith's Opinion
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04/13/2018
THE CORRUPT REPUBLICANS AND THEIR DONORS WOULD LOVE IT IF WE WERE DUMB ENOUGH TO VOTE NAY ON THIS BILL !
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04/14/2018
I will support any effort that addresses the improved effectiveness of our government in meeting the needs of the American people.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for federal agencies to clearly describe required or optional action items to constituents at the beginning of communications, they can read on and find the information they need.

Jeremy's Opinion
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04/13/2018
Legislation and policy is complicated. A "clear outline" is an easy way to politicize communication and bury important facts beneath soundbite-worthy misnomers.
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Nastasja's Opinion
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04/14/2018
While this is good in theory (an outline of what is contained in the document), I would be extremely weary of people only reading the TL;DR version while others hide elements within the document. We've watched Congress way too long to not think they are above this. You have one job: read the document, then vote.
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Mark's Opinion
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04/14/2018
Just another ploy to obfuscate the true, deeply buried functional content of legislation. Only a fool would fail to see this effort for what it is. Come on sheeple. Wake up.
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    Absolutely yes. I find many government documents are poorly written at best, intentionally misleading in the worst cases. This is especially important for communications that require a response.
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    Legislation and policy is complicated. A "clear outline" is an easy way to politicize communication and bury important facts beneath soundbite-worthy misnomers.
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    THE CORRUPT REPUBLICANS AND THEIR DONORS WOULD LOVE IT IF WE WERE DUMB ENOUGH TO VOTE NAY ON THIS BILL !
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    I will support any effort that addresses the improved effectiveness of our government in meeting the needs of the American people.
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    Transparency is good. However, we also could use improvement on the actual body of the communication. Many potential questions may be answered in the body of the text, reducing the need for action if the public sees that potential issues have been anticipated. A Cliffs notes version followed by full text works well for food safety and outbreak notices on one of the mailing lists I’m on, and I would support having a summary, deadline, possible courses of action, and contact info at the beginning of each publication, section or notice. But I think people also need to check the full document to see if their concerns have already been addressed.
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    If it’s not understood, it’s not a law!
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    TRANSPARENCY
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    Why the HELL not, pray tell, probide a brief summary of ALL legislation, during the legislative process and final release. Lets not be like Nancy Pelosi and say that we need to pass a bill, before we know what’s in it. Remember the “Shades of ACA Legislation” when passed. We often have seen numerous examples of this occurring in Democratic Legislation activities and, O’ Yes, President Obama’s many pen actions initiatives. 4*13*18......
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    While this is good in theory (an outline of what is contained in the document), I would be extremely weary of people only reading the TL;DR version while others hide elements within the document. We've watched Congress way too long to not think they are above this. You have one job: read the document, then vote.
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    It’s become and issue that key details are being buried in the text.
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    Of course Agencies should communicate to constituents fully and with the intent to inform and include them in all decisions and processes. Our country is a community. Not a dictatorship where those in power of any kind should be encouraged to make decisions without the whole “family” being involved.
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    Of course! This shouldn’t even be a question.
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    This makes sense. By the way, THRILLED to hear the feckless paul ryan will not seek reelection. His mean spiritedness was extraordinary. Take your (russian born) Ayn Rand books and stay out of our government. Good riddance!
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    This has a lot of common sense behind it. All bills related to this proposal would speed up the process and allow anyone interested in the bill total transparency.
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    Full and clear disclosure!
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    Not only should they be concise and we'll thought out, but also should not be used as a vessel to pass other laws that are not related to main body of what the law is meant for. Too often are laws shoehorned into a bill which has nothing to do with each other
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    Transparency and clarity is vital for a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
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    Federal agencies should be clear with constituents about action items they can or must respond to from the very beginning of their communications and what they entail. It’s just common sense and effective communication. Transparency is key.
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    It would really help to know what our Congress is considering. Thanks
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    Yes I support this. But, I would like to include a section on the website that allows constituents to list their actions items for the agency and hold public round tables for ANY action item with more than 10 percent of the population served by the particular agency requesting said action item. For example, if state agency 123 provides services for county ☘️, who has a total tax payer population of 1000, wants the agency123 to notify the people via text messaging when a water main bursts and 99 others feel this service would be helpful. Then the agency and county would need to hold a public meeting to explore why or why not it is feasible. In short, I want to give the power back to the people to decide how an agency spends their tax dollars.
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