How Congress Messages Policy Through Hashtags

As lawmakers gear up for the final few months of the 115th Congress, we took an August-recess look back at how Democrats and Republicans have been messaging their policy priorities over the past eight months. Using Quorum Federal, we analyzed the over 389,000 tweets posted by members of Congress from the beginning of the 2018 to now. Here's a look at each party's hashtag calendar—featuring the top three most frequently used hashtags per month:

Democrats' most consistent hashtag is #netneutrality

#netneutrality first made its way into Democrats' top three hashtags in February, later appearing in May and June amidst the FCC ruling alongside #savetheinternet. Throughout the year, Democrats have also consistently messaged the immigration debate with hashtags like #dreamers, #DACA, and #keepfamiliestogether.

#taxreform was the top hashtag used by Republicans for five consecutive months.

During the months of February, March, April, May, and June, #taxreform was the number one hashtag used by Republicans on Twitter. In fact, #taxreform has been featured as a top three hashtag in each of the past eight months. Recently, Republicans' top message on Twitter has shifted to #BetterOffNow.

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