As a voter you have every right to talk to your members of Congress. It is easier with the Senate because ever State has two Senators. It is even easier if one of them is on the committee with jurisdiction over the CFTC, which is the Committee on Nutrition and Forestry. I know because I was the General Counsel and Staff Director when we wrote the law creating the CFTC in 1974.
Moreover, the Senate is a very collegial place. If one of your Senators is not on the committee, he or she will have a friend who is. We simply want the Committee to have oversight hearings this year on the OptionSellers/INT FCStone breakdown. One thing it would be good to know is how much investor money was lost. The CFTC should have this information. If they don’t have it they can get it.
The Chairman of the Committee is Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, and the Ranking Democrat is Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan . Also, the leader of the Republican Majority in the Senate is Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and he is on the Committee.
In the House of Representatives, the process is much the same. Every voter only has one Congressman. The committee of jurisdiction is the House Agriuculture Committee. It has more members, a total of 46. The House is controlled by Democrats and it is lead by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It is generally easier to talk to members of the House, because each House Member represents fewer constituents.
In both the Senate and the House, it is important to find out the name of the staff person who handles this area of responsibility for the Senator or Congressman.
Here is the link:
Michael R. McLeod