Staying Up-to-Date with Congress App
By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
Sunlight Foundation has a new app available for iPhone, iPad and Android users. The app, simple called Congress, Enables you to stay up-to-date with the latest going ons on Capitol Hill.
The activity feature shows you what is currently going on in the House and Senate. You can look up new and active bills, as well as follow legislators. If you are unsure who your legislator is you can allow the app to use locations on your iPhone to find out.
When you click on a legislators name you will be able to view a map of their district as well as all the ways you can connect with them via social media. Furthermore, you can look up the bills they have sponsored and their voting record. The app provides you with the option of directly calling the legislators office.
Using the Bill feature you can look up recent or active legislation. When you click on a bill you will see a summary and the name of the bill’s sponsor. You can also look up cosponsors. Scroll down to the bottom of the summary and you can click to see the full test of the bill. You can star bills that you want to follow.
Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit founded in 2006 with the missions of making government more transparent through the use of social media. You can find out more about their work on their website http://sunlightfoundation.com.