President Obama has requested that you tweet your representatives to help solve this whole debt ceiling mess. But if you live in, say Cleveland, that's a waste of time. Tweet at these pols—who can actually get stuff done—instead.

House Republicans

Representative John Boehner (R-OH) - As the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as lead Republican negotiator, John Boehner holds considerable sway over the direction of budget talks...when he's not weeping like a prepubescent school girl.

Eric Cantor (R-VA) - Former House Minority Whip and current House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor has previously served on the House Financial Services Committee.

House Democrats

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) - Former House Speaker and current Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranked female politician in American History.

@Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer (D - Maryland) - House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is the man responsible for holding the Democratic line—though his effectiveness is somewhat limited being outnumbered 240-193.

Senate Republicans

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - The Senate Minority Leader, the elected spokesmen on the Senate floor for Republicans. Just like Senator Reid, Sen. McConnell's job is to mobilize Republican votes on major issues.

Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) - Senator Hatch, or "Moral Orrin" as he's known on Capitol Hill, has been senatoring since 1977 and currently sits as Ranking Member (like Sen Baucus but for the minority party) of the Senate Finance Committee.

Jon Kyl (R-AZ) - This Minority Whip has little need for vowels. In 2010, Time named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (while in 2007 the National Journal named him the fourth-most conservative U.S. Senator). He's also served in the Federal House of Representatives from 1987-1995.

Jim DeMint (R-SC) - The Junior Senator from South Carolina is also the Leader of the Republican Tea Party Faction. His continued insistence on the inclusion of a balanced budget amendment (and repeated threats to derail any bill without it) jeopardizes both the Boehner-backed bill and the Democrats' alternative version.

Senate Democrats

Harry Reid (D-NV) - The Senate Majority Leader, the elected spokesmen on the Senate floor for Democrats. In return for support for big issues like this, he helps lower ranking Dems in meeting "their individual political needs." He also wields vast influence over the Democratic Party through his chairmanship of the Democratic Convention.

Max Baucus (D-MT) - As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Baucus oversees matters relating to the taxation and bonded debt of the United States. It's a very important job, which would explain why Sen. Baucus couldn't be bothered to set up an actual Twitter account.

Richard "Dick" Durbin (D-Il) - The Senate Majority Whip, essentially the VP of the Democrats, assists Senator Reid in securing votes within the party. In the absence of a party floor leader, the Whip also serves as acting floor leader.



[top art courtesy of ClimateCoAnalysis]

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