September 2nd, 2008

Researching your Vote

With one political convention just finished and another one in full swing, there’s been a lot of talk about politicians’ records. Since both the major party candidates are Senators, there’s a one-stop-shop for looking at their actual doings on the job. And it’s from America’s biggest library: the Library of Congress.

It’s called THOMAS, and in the “spirit of Thomas Jefferson” it provides detailed information about congressional activities. This includes:

  • Full text of bills and resolutions
  • Full text of recent public laws
  • Status of current bills
  • The Congressional Record
  • Roll Call votes
  • Lists of bills by sponsor
  • Presidential Nominations
  • Treaties
  • Committee Reports

All in all, you can see a lot of the sausage being made in Washington.

If you thought elections could be long and drawn out, they’ve got nothing on the tedious process of legislating. For a trip down memory lane, check out Schoolhouse Rock’s “I”m Just a Bill,” which chronicles that long process from start to finish. Watch the video on YouTube.

- Erin

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