May 25, 2010 8:19 AM –
The Congress application is your gateway to keep up to date with the latest legislations that congress has brung to the floor of the house or the senate, gives you the contact information for congressman and women, and gives you constant news on the many happenings on the hill.
Want to know more about Congress? Find and call your elected officials, using your location. Read the latest bills and laws. See bills that just got a vote. Link to full text of bills on THOMAS. Scroll through all bills. Voting records coming next! Open source: http://github.com/sunlightlabs/congress
AndroidTapp.com Android App Review:
Pros & Cons:
- Very informative
- You can view the latest bills brought to the floor
- You can view the latest laws
- View what the latest bills voted
- View what your Congressman and Congresswoman are tweeting
- You can’t search for older laws or bills
- It doesn’t always update on time
The Congress Android application was created by Sunlight Labs, a division of sunlight foundation, a non-profit organization who’s purpose is to digitize government data for all citizens to view in order to make government more transparent to hold our government officials more accountable.
Congress Android App gets its information through a joint database that accesses info from various online sources, news from Twitter and Yahoo News API, Twitter search from JTwitter, bill information provided by GovTrack, bill summaries written by Congressional Research Service, and legislator search from Sunlight Labs API.
Congress Android App Congresswoman Info
Congress Android App Bill Info
This application is very useful and informative, in today’s society understanding and staying aware of what our elected officials are doing is very vital. If you’re the type of person who is concerned or just curious to see what’s going on with Capitol Hill then this is the app for you!
Ease of Use:
The app is pretty straightforward. Once opened all options are divided into two categories, Bills or Find legislators. Within the Bills options is the categories for New Laws, Just Introduced, Latest Votes. Congress Android App gives you four ways to find legislators by your location, state, last name of Congressman or Congresswoman, and zip code.
If you are a C-Span junkie you will love this app when you’re away from the TV, or if you want to occasionally know happenings on the Capitol Hill.
The interface is very simple. A lot of the extra features you’ll find through the ‘Menu’ button.