How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's DebtS

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

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@SpeakerBoehner
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@EricCantor
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

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

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

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@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

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@McConnellPress
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@OrrinHatch
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@SenJonKyl
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt


@JimDeMint
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

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@SenatorReid
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@SenateFinance
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.

How to Tell the Politicians That Matter to Raise the Roof on America's Debt

@SenatorDurbin
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.

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