Monday, January 14, 2008

Congress Goes Back To Work Tomorrow--OpenCongress Has Been Working Hard To Get Ready

I received the following from the Sunlight Foundation. If you are at all interested in finding out what is happening in Congress you owe it to yourself to give a look. This is posted with Gabriela' permission.

Hi everyone,

With Congress returning tomorrow to start a new year, our friends at OpenCongress ( – a project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation – are making it easier than ever to track and rate what’s happening on Capitol Hill and organize support for the legislation and issues you care about (

We’re very excited to unveil My OpenCongress – the first-ever social network designed for people who care about Congress. This is very cool: My OpenCongress provides a personalized view of all the information you want about the laws being made in Washington. It’s an easy-to-use, peer-to-peer way of sharing the most useful information about Congress, perfect for bloggers and membership groups.

My OpenCongress makes it super easy to track any bill, senator, representative or issue area on the site, simply by clicking "track this" at the top of any page. My OpenCongress also gives you the power to tell members of Congress exactly how you rate their work: you can vote "aye" or "nay" for every bill in Congress, give a personal approval rating to senators and representatives on a scale of 1-100 and see the total votes for each bill and lawmaker.

These and other new features at OpenCongress ( create a unique pool of social wisdom about what’s really happening in Congress, combined with user-friendly ways to share that information. Use it to connect with other citizens to discuss and share knowledge about current legislation and legislative issues – and uncover and share the very best related news and blog coverage.

To get started, create your own "My OpenCongress" profile now, it’s free and only takes a minute ::

OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation. Its work is free, open-source, not-for-profit, and non-partisan.


Gabriela Schneider
Communications Director
The Sunlight Foundation
1818 N Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
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