Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Thursday introduced the Phone the White House Act, a bill that requires President Trump to restore public telephonic access that has left tens of millions of Americans who do not have internet access cut off from communicating with the Office of the President.
“The American people deserve to be able to communicate freely with their President. Unfortunately, while this President is certainly committed to his Twitter account he must also be willing to hear form his constituents the old fashioned way. By failing to restart the White House’s public comment phone line, he has effectively silenced the more than 30 million Americans who are not on the internet and who have every right to register their views with the White House in a timely fashion. The President needs to recognize that his job also includes listening to all Americans, not just the echo chamber in the White House. That is why I have introduced the Phone the White House Act to ensure all Americans have access to their President. After all, he – like all of us who are elected to office – works for the American public.”
Rep. Speier’s bill calls for the elimination of funding for the Executive Office of the President for any period of time in which a public comment phone system is not in place. It has received extensive support from her colleagues within the House of Representatives, and currently has 15 original co-sponsors. These include Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Yvette Clarke (NY-9), Steve Cohen (TN-9), Rosa DeLauro (CN-3), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), John Garamendi (CA-3), Jim McGovern (MA-2), Gregory Meeks (NY-5), Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Darren Soto (FL-9), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12).