4US.com is a new kind of social-political website that bridges the gap between voter and government. We aim to simplify the everyday workings of congress by presenting raw, complex legislative data on bills and resolutions in visual, summarized, and easy-to-read formats. We also provide you with up-to-date data and performance metrics of your elected representatives.
Our goal is to re-engage everyday Americans in democratic process. We believe that all Americans should know how they are truly being represented by being educated on laws that are being passed on their behalf.
4US allows everyday Americans to track their representatives’ activities, as well as the current status of bills that are before congress, and their outcomes - laws that affect each and every one of us.
We also provide a platform on which you can voice your support or opposition via our interactive VOTE function. Your vote on any piece of legislation is immediately sent back to your representative, tracked internally, and assembled to make a personalized, historical relationship graph.
- Every bill that is brought before congress is introduced into 4US with a simplified explanation as to what it stands for, and what the outcome will be. You can search for bills that are the talk of the town, or search for those on issues that are most important to you.
- Organizations that work as advocacy groups or trade unions can also vote on their positions on any bill, making it easier for both voter and congress to see what their personal stance is.
- You can also evaluate the pros and cons of bills, and submit your own feedback. We submit this feedback to your members of congress for review.
- We provide detailed metrics, including various charts and graphs to explain the stance that your legislators took on a certain issue, and why. We also provide you with the voter trend on bills and resolutions.
- Congressional staff and senators can gauge public sentiment on every everyday legislation, and judge whether advocacy groups are in favor or against the passing of a particular law.
You, as a voter, are influenced daily by the legislation presented and debated in congress. 4US provides with an readily accessible means to participate and interact in the democratic process. By joining, you are able to influence decision makers, engage with political activists in the virtual-public sphere, and indulge in meaningful discussions with other citizens who are just as concerned and interested congressional bills and resolutions, just like you.
As knowledgeable citizens, you have the upperhand over your government officials. Senators and legislators realise that their task is to serve the people that have voted them into office. When you express your opinion about an issue via our platform, you can be certain that you voice will be heard in the halls of Congress. This is because the the opinions that you submit are considered the opinions of constituents who are educated of their constitutional rights- and not as part of a petition that often ends up as junk mail, or is treated as such because they often carey fake names and signatures.
Because of our platform and technological advances, the United States Congress is now sitting up, and taking notice of YOU.
Formed in January 2014, 4USXUS LLC believes that we, as everyday Americans, can make a difference in the world. We take the phrase ‘for us, by us’ very seriously.
Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote from his Gettysburg Address, “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth,” has arguably been forgotten by today’s Americans. Over 150 years has passed since, and the framework of congress and democracy have evolved remarkably, but are both in need of a long-term fix.
This task goes beyond voting; it includes holding ourselves responsible. Bills and resolutions that are presented and voted on in congress influence our lives- as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a nation as a whole. If you are currently not registered to vote, visit: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote to register today.
4USXUS LLC is a method of having the pubic voice heard outside of elections. We want to regain what true democracy stands for, and return political power to the voter. Americans can have a say in everyday issues rather than during election periods. As a result, elected representatives can be held accountable for the promises that they make.
By educating voters, we want to bridge the gap between the voter, and those who they’re voting for. It makes a difference to be able to tell your story on a credible platform, and that is exactly what we want to do: give the voter the confidence to say what they think, based on their own personal experience.
Undertaking this task of amplifying the voices who matter most, our resolve is, to first and foremost, remain non-partisan. Meaning, we don’t intend to take sides; our task at hand is to provide you, the voter, with a ground-breaking planform with clear, objective access to information. We aim to simplify the complexities in this information without editorializing or offering our personal views.
Founder & CEO
Dana has an extensive background in logistics and operation management, currently serving as the director of Middle East and Africa for MV Global Transport and Logistics. He has also worked previously as a FEMA Operations Manager, responsible for evacuation efforts during Hurricane Katrina/Rita in 2005. Dana has always had a keen interest in the inner workings of the US Congress. He believes that democracy is the most remarkable system of the government; only that over a period of time, people have become disconnected from a process that demands the attention and participation of the people. It is this urgent need for an ‘upgrade’ that he wants to address through his website: reconnecting voters with their elected representatives in Congress.
Full Stack Developer
Blaz is an industry expert with over a decade of experience and engagement in various startups where he has conceived and developed numerous applications and implemented a number of SEO packages.
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Q: HOW DO I PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF THE WEBSITE, i.e., ITS URL?
A: 4US is pronounced – "For Us"
Q: WHAT IS 4US AND ITS MISSION STATEMENT? WHY DID YOU CREATE THIS SITE?
A: We are an ultra-unique socio-political website designed to make you – the citizen – for the first time, to be truly involved in the American Political System. We made this site for many reasons, reasons you’ll agree with. We invite you to check out our About Us section for a much more detailed briefing and summary of our mission.
Q: WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER? CAN'T I JUST VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT HAVING TO LOGIN?
A: You absolutely can view this site without registering and we welcome it. However, if you want to truly be immersed, educated and fully involved with governmental policy that affects you then registering is your gateway to this. We highly encourage you to register with the site in order to receive and experience the full benefits we have to offer.
Q: WHO'S ALLOWED TO USE THIS WEBSITE; AFTER ALL, IT IS DEALING WITH U.S. POLITICS?
A: Anyone can use this website. We want to reach out to everyone that has an interest in the politics of America. With that being said, in order to browse through legislation, only verified U.S. Citizens have the ability to post comments and make your vote.
Q: IS MY USER INFORMATION SECURE; WILL MY EMAIL AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION BE GIVEN TO OTHER "THIRD PARTY" SITES AND/OR ENTITIES?
A: All information you provide during the registration and daily user process is completely secure. Rest assured, we hold your privacy above all else and there will not be any sharing, in any form, of your information by us.
Q: OKAY, I'VE REGISTERED, NOW WHAT?
A: It’s show time! You are now ready to customize our user-friendly interface to your own particular preferences so you may start voting and tracking actual policy, in real time, of elected official(s) you choose to follow. You are now going to be active in America’s politics on a level heretofore unseen. Yes, your voice will now truly be heard.
Q: WHAT MAKES 4US DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER POLITICAL RELATED SITES I'VE VISITED?
A: This website is specifically designed for you as an individual, all of us as a community, and we the people as a nation. 4US.com’s ultra-uniqueness we previously mentioned is due to the fact that we’re providing you the ability to vote on the exact same Legislation as Congress – the actual bills put forth to them. Then, with these votes you participate in, our specialized website will (only if a registered user) begin to build a distinctive, personalized voting history from which you can compare the data with how your elected official(s) actually voted – within Congress – on those actual bills.
Q: Where does this massive wealth of political related data come from and is it accurate?
A: We source our information directly from a multitude of official government and governmental watchdog websites and the information we provide is functioning for you on a real time basis. It’s important to note that while we do our very best to ensure everything provided to you is up to date and accurate, we do recommend that you conduct comparative research before making your final voting decision.
Q: I am only interested in following and voting for the elected officials that are within the State/District I reside in. Can I do this?
A: Most certainly. Once you’ve registered and once we’ve verified your specific voting district, you will then automatically be matched up with your State’s/District’s Congressional Representative and your two State Senators.
Please Note: While we provide for you the ability to track and follow any elected official(s), your personalized dashboard – designed for you – will only reflect your specific State and District officials from where you reside.
Q: Do I have the ability to directly contact the elected officials I'm following – and if so – how can I do this?
A: Yes, all contact information for public officials is readily available to include email addresses, phone numbers and their postal mailing addresses. Additionally, your profile section contains options which allow you to customize contact with these officials to best accommodate your needs.
- For those of you whom enjoy automation; when you vote on a Bill, 4US.com will automatically generate a response which will be directly sent to your elected official’s office and that response will include your intentions regarding how you’d prefer them to vote on that specific act of legislation.
- For those of you interested in non-automated communication; when you vote on a Bill, you’ll be presented with a pop-up window which will allow you to type a personalized message which, for instance, can be used to include details on how you’d prefer them to vote on that specific act of legislation.
- For those of you whom would prefer to not have any communications of any kind – either personally or automatically – sent after your vote has been entered, you can simply turn this feature off and no form of communication will ever be sent on either your or 4US.com’s behalf.
Q: What is TL;DR?
A: “Too Long, Didn’t Read.” We recommend you that use this identification as a tool to help understand the context of actual bill verbiage along with its key talking points. This is a helpful feature as legislative bills can sometimes be upwards of literally thousands of pages. We do, however, recommend that you conduct your own additional research when appropriate.
Q: What is the repeal button? Can I really repeal a Law?
A: Think of the repeal button in the same way as signing a petition against an act of legislation. While we cannot repeal laws ourselves, if, for instance, 100,000 clicks are made, we’ll take that information and present it directly to Congress for action. This is our way of further making your voice truly heard.
Please Note: The repeal button is only active on Legislation that’s been enacted into Law.
Q: What if I want to contact other users on the site?
A: If you like someone’s post, or would like to add your own personal feedback to an individual’s post, simply “Private Message” (PM) that person. Please read our Terms of Service regarding use of the comment boards. Politics by nature is a full contact sport so let’s keep the conversation polite and productive.
Q: Is 4US operating on behalf of any specific political party or PAC? Meaning - is the info I'm reading biased towards certain affiliations? I want to make sure I'm reading fact only and not "spin."
A: No. 4US is a non-partisan website who will always remain neutral.
Q: What is the most important impression of 4US that I not only should come away with, but also will make me want to come back?
A: That’s a tough question as we have an amazing array of features. But the main aspect you’ll gain from our site is incredible knowledge and information about your elected officials. You’ll gain all this, literally at your fingertips, with our easy to use interface and graphical displays. Really, who wants to have to go through several separate websites and multiple pages for an answer that’s one click away? Not us. This is what we bring to you – knowledge at your fingertips.
Q: Why are the founders of 4US all living outside the United States creating a site detailing all aspects of U.S. political policy?
A: Our current occupations have required travel outside the U.S. for extended periods of time. While we want nothing more than to be back on our own soil, sometimes a career path involves this absence from home. Interestingly, though, it was during this absence spent abroad that a window of opportunity opened which allowed for a very different perspective on how our government looks to us and how we, as a people, interact with it. Sometimes the best perspective gained is an outside one. It was seeing this broken system we have from the outside in that spurred the idea for 4US and our urgent need to provide help to all - even if this help needed to be from a temporary distance. We hope you will come to love our site enough that we can depart our current occupations and come home, to see this site and our nation grow, in the positive direction we’ve all been wanting.
H.R.:House of Representatives Bill
Note: A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the president to become law.
H.Res.:House simple Resolution
S.Res.:Senate simple Resolution
Note: A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on it the other chamber and does not have the force of law.
H.Con.Res.:House Concurrent Resolution
S.Con.Res.:Senate Concurrent Resolution
Note: A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress, or to express the sentiment of Congress. it must be agreed to by both the House and the Senate in identical form, but is not signed by the President, and does not carry the force of the law.
H.J.Res.:House joint resolution
S.J.Res.:Senate joint resolution
Note: A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the President, it becomes law. Joint resolutions are also used to proposed amendments to the Constitution.
A provision of law that provides authority for Federal agencies to obligate funds and make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. Appropriations for the Federal government are provided both in annual appropriates acts and in permanent provisions of law.
A proposal from a member of Congress to alter the language, provisions, or stipulations in a bill, resolution, amendment, motion, treaty, or in another amendment. An amendment is usually printed, debated, and voted upon in the same manner as a bill.
Most legislative proposals before Congress are in the form of bills. Bills are designated to the House of Representatives and the Senate if they originate in the Senate, and by a number assigned in the order in which they are introduced during the two-year period of a congressional term. “Public Bills” deal with general questions and become public laws if approved by Congress and signed by the President. “Private Bills” deal with individual matters such as claims against the government, immigration, and naturalization cases, land titles, etc., and become private laws if approved and signed.
The process by which a filibuster can be ended in the Senate other than by unanimous consent. A motion for cloture can apply to any measure before the Senate, including a proposal to change the chamber’s rules. A cloture motion requires the signatures of 16 senators to be introduced. To end a filibuster, the cloture motion must obtain the votes of three-fifths of the entire Senate membership (up to 60), except when the filibuster is against a proposal to amend the standing rules of the Senate and a two-thirds vote of senators present and voting is required. The cloture request is put to a roll-call vote one hour after the Senate meets on the second day following the introduction of the motion.
A time-delaying tactic associated with the Senate and used by a minority in an effort to delay, modify, or defeat a bill or amendment that probably would pass if voted on directly. the most common method is to take advantage of the Senate’s rules permitting unlimited debate, but other forms of parliamentary maneuvering may be used. The stricter rules of the House make filibusters more difficult, by delaying tactics are employed occasionally through various procedural devices allowed by the House rules.
"LAME DUCK" SESSION
When congress reconvenes in an even numbered year following the November general elections to consider various items of business. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next Congress, hence, they are informally called “lame duck” members participating in a “lame duck” session.
The Majority Leader is elected by his/her party colleagues. In the Senate, the Majority Leader, in collaboration with the Minority Leader, directs the legislation schedule for the chamber. Each is their party’s spokesperson and chief strategist. In the House, the Majority Leader is second to the Speaker in the majority party’s leadership, and serves as his.her party’s legislative strategist.
The assistant majority leader, in either the House or Senate. Their job is to help marshal majority forces in support of party strategies and legislation. The party caucus elects the whip.
Floor leader and chief spokesperson for the minority party in each chamber, elected by the members of that party. The Minority Leader is also responsible for devising the party’s political and procedural strategy.
Performs duties of whip for the minority party. Members of the party elect the Whip.
In the House or Senate Chamber, a request by a member to institute any of a wide array of parliamentary actions. The member “moves” for a certain procedure, such as the consideration of a measure. The precedence of motions, and whether they are debatable, is set forth in the House and Senate manuals.
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
Under the Constitution, the Vice President of the United States presides over the Senate and is allowed to cast a vote in the event of a tie. In his/her absence, the president pro tempore, or a senator designated by the president pro tempore, presides over the Senate only during very close votes, ceremonial occasions and crucial procedural questions.
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
Under the Constitution, the chief officer of the Senate in the absence of the vice president; literally, but loosely, the president for a time. His/her fellow senators elect the president pro tempore, and the recent practice has been to elect the senator of the majority party with the longest period of continuous service.
A majority-party senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
The minimum number of members whose presence is necessary for the transaction of business. In the Senate and House, it is a majority of the membership. A quorum is 100 in the Committee of the Whole House. Both houses usually assume a quorum is present even if it is not. If a point of order is made that a quorum is not present, the only business that is in order is either a motion to adjourn or a motion to direct the sergeant-at-arms to request the attendance of the absentees.
A call of the roll to establish whether a quorum is present. If any senator "suggests the absence of a quorum," the Presiding Officer must direct the roll to be called. Often, a quorum call is terminated by unanimous consent before completion, which permits the Senate to use the quorum call to obtain a brief delay to work out some difficulty or await a senator's arrival.
RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
The highest ranking (and usually longest serving) minority member of a committee or subcommittee. Senators may not serve as ranking minority member on more than one standing committee.
ROLL CALL (RECORD) VOTE
A vote in which each senator votes "yea" or "nay" as his or her name is called by the Clerk, so that the names of Senators voting on each side are recorded. Under the Constitution, a roll call vote must be held if demanded by one-fifth of a quorum of senators present, a minimum of 11.
SECRETARY OF THE SENATE
Chief administrative and budgetary officer of the Senate, responsible for overseeing the duties of Senate employees, educating Senate pages, administering oaths, handling the registration of lobbyists, and handling other tasks necessary for the continuing operation of the Senate. The Secretary is almost always a candidate of the majority party and the majority leader. The Secretary affirms the accuracy of bill text by signing all measures that pass the Senate. The Secretary supervises the preparation and printing of bills and reports, the publication of the Congressional Record and Senate journals, and other matters
The Constitution requires that a senator be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States for at least nine years, and an inhabitant of the state from which he or she is elected. A person elected or appointed to the Senate and duly sworn is a senator.
A few days after a law has been enacted, it is officially published first as a "slip law." The first official publication of a bill that has been enacted and signed into law. Each is published separately in unbound single-sheet or pamphlet form.
The presiding officer of the House of Representatives, selected by the caucus of the party to which he/she belongs and formally elected by the whole House.