July 11 2013
As you may know, Congress prosposes and votes on a lot of bills in a year. To be honest, it is hard to track what your elected officials are voting on or not voting on. Until now, that is. There is an app for both Android and iPhone users that allows anyone to keep 'tabs' on your elected officials. The app was developed by The Sunlight Foundation - a nonpartisan nonprofit founded in 2006 that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, has released an app simply called Congress.
The app was developed using an API (Application Program Interface) develop by the Sunlight Foundation that gathers all types of congressional data. The Congress app, which is free, allows anyone to see what their elected officials are up to, make sure they are doing their jobs, follow the latest bills and see how your officials voted on them, and more.
Here are the features for the iPhone version of the app:
- Find lawmakers in Congress, call them directly and connect with them on social media.
- Discover new and active legislation.
- Explore legislators for your location and others on an interactive map.
- Follow bills and legislators for quick access and updates.
- Review a legislator's latest votes and bill sponsorships.
- See bill activity with vote breakdowns.
- Get directions to a legislator's D.C. office.
- Committee listings
- Floor updates
- Legislator vote updates
- Push notifications
- Calendar of scheduled hearings
Here is list of features for the Android Version:
- Read the latest bills and laws, and see how the votes were cast.
- Find and call your members of Congress by using your phone's location or zipcode, as well as the lawmaker’s last name, a state or committee membership.
- See what's happening on the House floor.
- Keep on top of upcoming committee hearings.
- Real-time notifications of votes, laws, floor activity and other congressional activities.
- View your lawmakers' latest votes, committee memberships or a map of their district.
- Read tweets and watch videos from lawmakers' Twitter and YouTube accounts or follow them in the news.
- Easily share interesting bills across your social networks.
- Add favorite lawmakers or bills to your dashboard or create shortcuts on your Android home screen.
Tools like these could help get citizens more informed and engage with the political system.