The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research


Constituent communication is a prominent area of research in political communication, including communication of policies more specifically. Recent scholarship has focused on exploring how a digitally mediated context affects the previously held assumptions of constituent communication, such as Richard Fenno’s (1978) home styles. Multimodal argumentation is a relatively underutilized perspective within constituent communication of policy; it suggests that the visual and verbal dimensions of an argument function together. This perspective is particularly productive when examining types of media apart from images, such as videos, and is congruent with a rhetorical orientation. The present study employs a rhetorical framing analysis to identify and analyze frames in videos circulated by current Congress members on Twitter regarding H.R. 1 For the People Act of 2019. H.R. 1 is a bill currently within the congressional process that addresses a wide range of issues including election access and integrity, political and campaign finance, and ethical standards across the three branches of government.

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