I don’t have a clue where I found this anymore, but you can track any politician’s voting record through the Washington Post. There are even RSS feeds to integrate into your favorite reader.
I’ve already put all of my representatives in my reader, and have noticed two things. First, they vote a lot. Maybe it’s just because the session is winding down, and they rush everything important through to say they actually did something. Second, the meanings of each bill don’t really mean much to me. I think this service would be much better if it used plain English instead of something like this:
Question: On the Amendment.
Bill: S 3930
Vote description: Levin Amdt. No. 5086; In the nature of a substitute.
Result: Rejected, 43-54, with 3 not voting.
Elizabeth Dole voted No.
Huh? In the nature of a substitute? What does rejecting it mean in terms of the bill?
Anyway, I think this is a great service as it makes it easier to track what your representatives are (or aren’t) doing in Washington.
[tags]Politics, Washington Post, Voting[/tags]
2 replies on “Track Your Politican’s Voting Record”
you’re right – they vote on lots of things right before recess so they can go home to campaign and say “look at what i did!” but there are also a ton of votes because they vote on stupid things, like naming post offices.
also, fyi, you can go to http://www.thomas.gov and look up a bill, where you’ll get the full text to read and know exactly (maybe) what it’s for. S 3930 is the military commissions act, and they were probably voting on and rejected an amendment to it. or maybe the levin amendment was being voted on as a substitute to S 3930. i’m learning a lot about capitol hill here in washington.
this is nice….now i can see what those bastards are going in congress besides hitting on pages and taking bribes! thanks joemama!