…The House spent a grand total of $190,000 on bottled water last year… Look at old pictures of Congressional hearings and you will see lovely pitchers of water and nice glasses for both congresspeople and witnesses. More recent pictures feature mostly bottled water (though the pitchers occasionally still make an appearance).
So, in the interest both of symbolic deficit reduction and, more importantly, the environment: I am proposing a new initiative: Buy Your Congressperson a Water Bottle.
To find your congressperson’s address, go to this House site. You will need the extra four digits of your zip code, which you can get here.
Congresspeople can accept gifts under $50, so may I suggest any of these simple and cheap options?
Here is a sample note, if you would like to copy and paste it into your Amazon gift:
Dear Elected Representative: I live in your district and was shocked to discover that the House spent $190,000 on bottled water last year. Please accept this gift in the hopes that it helps you to stop this bad habit.