Reporting Courtney Pomeroy
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The creators of a new website think you might want to take out your frustrations with the government shutdown by “drunk dialing” a member of Congress to vent about it.
On its homepage, DrunkDialCongress.org encourages you, “whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol Hill” to “call and yell at a random member of Congress.”
While the site can be used by anyone, of course, its name implies that you should imbibe to get your juices flowing, first.
After typing your phone number into the call box and hitting send, you wait for a call from the site and listen to an amusing recording of a man slurring his words and saying you’ll soon be connected to a member of the House of Representatives to tell them what’s on your mind. Then it dials up a random lawmaker.
The homepage also has a list of talking points for your call, such as the national park closures, the fact that U.S. Capitol Police tasked with protecting members of Congress aren’t currently getting paid and the delay of potentially life-saving medical research that can’t be done while National Institutes of Health workers are furloughed.
However, since many representatives have shuttered their offices and furloughed their own staff members during the shutdown, it’s likely that many of the drunk dials will go to voicemail even if you happen to be calling during normal business hours.
To get in touch with your local D.C., Maryland or Virginia representative while sober, or to find out what they’re saying about the shutdown, see our resource that includes their contact information and links to their social media pages.