"The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America says that people have the right to petition their government. I firmly believe this is one of the strengths of our nation and our democratic republic.
There are many examples where constituents have alerted me to issues that I was not aware involved the federal government or where the federal government needed to improve the way it handled an issue. These have involved me sponsoring legislation or contacting the government agency involved.
Without constituent contact, I would not have the confirmation that I was doing the job I have been elected to do." -Congressman John Shimkus, Ill.