Together, we bring common sense to American politics in four steps.
1. IDENTIFY ISSUES
Our Members identify solutions with the greatest promise of attracting broad, cross-partisan support.
2. DEVELOP BRIEFS
Our staff develops a thorough policy brief on each issue.
3. WEIGH IN
Each member reviews the brief to which they’ve been randomly assigned and weighs in on the policy questions.
4. SHARE YOUR OWN VIEWS
Each member shares their own views with their members of Congress.
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Political Affiliation of our Members
With members in all 50 states, our balanced membership reflects the nation both politically and geographically.
WHY IT WORKS
Through an organization called The Common Interest, Idaho conservatives, moderates, and liberals brought common sense to state politics.
As everyday citizens we’re not nearly as divided left and right as most elected officials. We can give needed political support to Congress’s practical problem solvers.
The Founders’ defense against runaway partisanship is a robust separation of powers. Separation of powers creates an affirmative imperative to find and champion broadly supported solutions. We can do this.
An unprecedented partisan rift between the major political parties makes our efforts to move past partisanship more important than ever.
Understand why we do what we do.
As we take the four steps together, we are guided by three principles:
What We've Done
CommonSense Americans are already three-for-three in identifying solutions wise enough to attract support across our divisions and then championing them into law.
- 2020—Our members’ voices helped persuade Congress to end surprise medical billing
- 2021—With our support, Congress made investments in the nation’s physical infrastructure
- 2022—We played our most significant role yet in helping shape and pass legislation securing peaceful transitions of power for generations to come
Play this video to hear how important our work has been from leading senators.
We know that our nation continues to face daunting challenges. At CommonSense American, we don’t just complain, we’re effective at doing something about them.
The Electoral Count Reform Act successfully passed Congress on December 23, 2022. Over 5,000 CommonSense Americans around the country weighed in, helping Congress build enough momentum to pass these important election reforms that are crucial to securing our democracy.
Thousands of members have read the Brief on Infrastructure and weighed in. Congress listened, and the bipartisan Infrastructure bill was signed by President Biden on November 16, 2021.
Members of CommonSense American have weighed in on Congressional Reform and are very supportive of the work being done by The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, especially the bipartisan recommendations.
SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING
The work that CommonSense American has done on Surprise Medical Billing is complete. Our members helped end Surprise Medical Bills for all Americans.