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house Bill H.R. 7181

Should There Only Be 400 Representatives in the House Instead of 435?

Argument in favor

There’s no requirement that the House be 435 members. Reducing it to 400 members will make it more manageable, and will decrease the amount of money the federal government has to pay on House members’ salaries.

Tom's Opinion
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01/01/2019
Anything that has to do with reducing the the size of government I’m all in. Year after year Congress has proven to be ineffective, they no longer represent their constituents they represent special interests groups of the very powerful lobbyists in DC. Both Democratic’s and Republican’s are guilty, let’s have term limits and clean house.
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JDMA's Opinion
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01/01/2019
Trim the fat and cut some of the career politicians. The deficit is ballooning and we need to cut unnecessary spending. Reducing the number of representatives to 400 is a good start.
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RAN's Opinion
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01/01/2019
Yes, to reduce size of government. While the forefathers wanted the representatives to increase with the population, its being done with the count of illegal aliens. The representatives are getting paid an obscene amount of money, this is wrong, not to mention the perks being able to invest in things they know are a sure thing because they are in government. Serving in government was never supposed to be a desire for a person, the idea was to get in and get out, people would be losing money while in service so they would want to get their job done and get out, to get back to their own lives. These people in government don’t represent their constituents, not because their districts are too large, because they don’t care. They should be making the poorest of wages that is in the country, then they wouldn’t want to sit there for 20,30,40 years. Because they are paid very comfortably they are out to stay there and enlarge government and their control and power.
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Argument opposed

The House of Representatives should be made bigger, not smaller. At its current size, the House is already incapable of properly representing all constituents’ views and responding to their needs — decreasing the chamber’s size will only make this problem worse.

Abbi's Opinion
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01/01/2019
Who will lose representation? Minorities most likely, we frequently go on the chopping block.
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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01/01/2019
We do not need to be DECREASING the number of Representatives! If anything we should be INCREASING the number of House members to better serve the larger national population.
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/01/2019
Absolutely not! Given the large and growing population of the United States, we need more representatives, not less!
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    Anything that has to do with reducing the the size of government I’m all in. Year after year Congress has proven to be ineffective, they no longer represent their constituents they represent special interests groups of the very powerful lobbyists in DC. Both Democratic’s and Republican’s are guilty, let’s have term limits and clean house.
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    Who will lose representation? Minorities most likely, we frequently go on the chopping block.
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    We do not need to be DECREASING the number of Representatives! If anything we should be INCREASING the number of House members to better serve the larger national population.
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    Absolutely not! Given the large and growing population of the United States, we need more representatives, not less!
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    Funny how the republicans want to decrease the size of the now democratic controlled house but leave the senate alone. I guess they are starting to realize that their game of being #45’s puppet is just about up.
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    It is time to increase tge number of representatives and eliminate gerrymandering.
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    The population is growing yet there is a proposal to reduce the number of representatives! That’s insane! Who will loose representation? Absolutely not!
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    Trim the fat and cut some of the career politicians. The deficit is ballooning and we need to cut unnecessary spending. Reducing the number of representatives to 400 is a good start.
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    Yes, to reduce size of government. While the forefathers wanted the representatives to increase with the population, its being done with the count of illegal aliens. The representatives are getting paid an obscene amount of money, this is wrong, not to mention the perks being able to invest in things they know are a sure thing because they are in government. Serving in government was never supposed to be a desire for a person, the idea was to get in and get out, people would be losing money while in service so they would want to get their job done and get out, to get back to their own lives. These people in government don’t represent their constituents, not because their districts are too large, because they don’t care. They should be making the poorest of wages that is in the country, then they wouldn’t want to sit there for 20,30,40 years. Because they are paid very comfortably they are out to stay there and enlarge government and their control and power.
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    H.R. 7181 AKA The 400 Act - - - NO Way Change- I strongly oppose and don’t recommend the passage of this bill H.R.7281 AKA — the 400 Act — would reduce the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives from 435 to 400, effective after the 2020 decennial census. The Founding Fathers were wise in the establishment criteria for te number ad role to be performed by the House members. The House of Representatives should be made bigger, not smaller. At its current size, the House is already incapable of properly representing all constituents’ views and responding to their needs — decreasing the chamber’s size will only make this problem worse. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 1*1*19.....
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    Decreasing removes representation from the people. The United States of America population is increasing. The number of Representatives should go up not down.
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    Anything to cut cost! Congress doesn’t do much anyway and with democrats in power things will just get worse.
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    Quite the opposite, there should be more representatives. We have gone well beyond the founding father’s original intention.
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    I don’t think the reason constituents aren’t being “properly represented” is the size of the House. Rather, I see it as a result of pursuing donor dollars and pandering to a base that doesn’t align with the majority of American citizens. Since it appears that Congressmen and -women seemingly won’t institute changes that, to some degree might remove self-interest as an influence on legislation and votes, we need a grassroots movement to do it for them, in my opinion. Term limits, eliminating gerrymandering, disallowing PACs, and publicly funded campaigns could help. Additionally, there is a direct relationship between the effects of this Bill and the Electoral College: “The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state's entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.” (National Archives). You may remember in recent times when the Electoral College gave the election to the loser of the popular vote?
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    Nay! Quote: “Third, the size of the House determines the shape of the Electoral College, because a state’s electoral votes are equal to its congressional delegation. This is one of the many reasons the college is an unfair and antiquated mechanism: States that are already underrepresented in Congress have a weaker voice in choosing the president, again violating the principle that each citizen should have an equal vote.” We need MORE representatives, not less. This is another attempt to screw constituents! Sneaky, sneaky.
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    You want to save money, get rid of the Senate! We need to be increasing the size of the house, not decreasing it. Empty space is already having a ridiculously outsized effect. The house representation is supposed to be of PEOPLE, not of empty space. The number of voting seats in the House of Representatives has since 1913 been 435, capped at that number by the Reapportionment Act of 1929. Wyoming already has 4x the voting power by population than Texas and California. Stop trying to take representation away from people. This is nothing but a dirty cheaters method to steal the voice of the people.
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    Oooh, another chance for the GOP to gerrymander. No thanks.
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    Another shifty republican manipulation to hold onto power?
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    More republicans stacking decks again- all the issues we need to be dealing with and this is what jokers come up with? Always seems to be about protecting republicans re- election and saving their own asses from getting caught breaking the law/ cheating to win elections. Where is your humanity and sense of duty?
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    This is a blatant attempt to reduce representation of left leaning, highly populated states.
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