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[Discuss] keeping an eye on congress

On 12/20/2011 08:28 PM, Tom Metro wrote:
> Dan Ritter wrote:
>> There you go. Everything except a different name.
> The description:
>    Track your Senators' and Representative's votes by e-mail
>    Each week (that Congress is in session) you will receive:
>    o Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
>    o Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed
>      forms.
>    o Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input
>      before they vote.
>    Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your
>    elected officials on key issues.
> ...sounds spot on. Just filling in your zip code and email. (Note that
> the site accepts an email address containing a "+" character, but
> doesn't escape it correctly if you hit the edit link. I reported the bug.)
> I signed up. We'll see how it goes.

There's also  They have a "money trail" for many bills 
that shows the supporting/adversarial organizations for a bill, and how 
much money representatives received from those organizations, and how 
the rep. voted (this example is the patent reform act from earlier this 
The money doesn't tell the whole story though; for that bill, the "Top 
recipients for ALL supporting interest groups" almost unanimously voted 
"aye", while the "Top recipients for ALL opposing interest groups" has 
the top 4 senators and top 2 representatives voting "aye" as well.  So 
that is likely a case where political and other pressure outweighed raw 
campaign contributions.

While researching H.R. 1249 I found a site that had the republican and 
democratic caucus' memos about that bill (summary of the bill, 
party-line reasons to vote for it / against it).  Can't seem to be able 
to find it now though...too bad, because it was interesting.


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