Friday, March 6, 2009

Open Congress wants you to be Politically Savvy and Part of the Solution

Good News! Open Congress has updated its website to include the following services:

1. OpenCongress Wiki – an interactive link that allows people from across the nation to build a comprehensive over view of information about legislation that can not be retrieved from government sources. Wiki provides information for every Senator, Representative and major pieces of legislation in Congress.

2. Videos from Metavid, the open video archive of the U.S. Congress, and the YouTube hubs for the House and Senate. Now, citizens can watch videos of floor speeches, public announcements and more.

3. Inline commenting on legislation plus the ability to compare different versions of a bill. Building off their new feature to comment and link to a bill’s official text, paragraph-by-paragraph, now text changes are displayed in different color type for at-a-glance comparison. Readers can jump in to different sections, compare, and comment on such high-profile legislation as the Stimulus Bill, the major Omnibus Spending Bill, and every bill in Congress.

4. From the Read The Bill campaign - courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation and other Transparency organizations, OpenCongress provides a new page to track bills that have been rushed through the Congressional process. Now readers can subscribe to the RSS feed to watchdog bills that haven’t been posted for open public review on the Internet for 72 hours before debate begins.

Thank you Donny Shaw, Blogger for

Link to Read the Bill post:

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