Welcome to GovTrack’s Fourth Year

. (Thanks to for the data!)
  • I have written a page on Tips for Commnicating With Congress

    . Should you write your rep? What should you include? Take a look.

  • now include some cute pie charts

    , and, also, the time of day when the vote happened, in case you’re doing some deep research.

  • Pages for representatives now show a little map

    for their congressional district and a listing of the counties and towns in the district. See .

  • Bills pages now show related pages based on what GovTrack users have selected as trackers. You have to go to the Related Bills page for a bill. See . This will help you find legislation that has superseded the bill you are looking at, for instance.
  • The feed and bill status that you can embed on your webpage (which by the way we had first) can now be customized easier.
  • And for developers:

    • There is a new page.
    • The congressional district look-up API now supports lat/long, addresses, ZIP codes, and ZIP+4 codes. You may not know about the three other APIs either: see the page.

    But much more is in the works. We’ll be completely overhauling our bill text page for easier navigation and comparison of bill text and to let you link directly from your website to particular paragraphs within bills, and to embed paragraphs in widgets on your own website — to help you make your case in your own writings. We’ll also be expanding and improving on the statistics we generate for Members of Congress, providing a new set of “indicators” to get the big picture on what your rep is actually doing. Lastly we hope to integrate some campaign contribution data to get another perspective.



    1. Your site is great. It is the closest thing to transparency that we, the People, have in government. Once Congress finally gets the idea that we ARE watching what they do, maybe they will be a little bit more judicious in what bills they sponsor and vote for. They next step is to have a buzzer in the seat of each of their chairs. When the majority of us disagrees with the outcome of a vote, we get the opportunity to buzz the heck out of the ones who voted the wrong way! lol! Seriously, this site is the next best thing to being there. Thanks to all of you who contribute.


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