Educating the Public Congress also engages in public education, informing the public about issues and what Congress intends to do or has done about them. Members of Congress keep in touch with their constituents and educate them on the issues through mailings and websites. Congresspeople present various opinions on such issues as gun control and abortion, which allows the public to become better informed. Congress picks the issues about which to debate and act on through a process known as agenda setting. Agenda setting informs people about which issues are most pressing to members of Congress and lets them know what Congress wants to do about those issues. The Legislative Process Congress’s primary duty is to pass laws. The legislative process is often slow, just as the framers of the Constitution intended. The framers believed that a slow-moving legislature would be less able to infringe on citizens’ rights and liberties.
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