By Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
Skype has been rising in popularity over the past few years as users have realized how simple the program is for reaching out to family and friends from all over the globe. Skype and similar technologies connect users quickly and cheaply. No fancy tools or equipment is needed for Skype except a computer and a web camera.
Unfortunately, under current congressional rules, Skype cannot be used by elected officials to connect with their constituents. A chamber-wide block to Skype therefore means other expensive conferencing services must be used instead.
Not only would the use of Skype save valuable taxpayer dollars, it would also bring Congress into the 21st century.