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Q: Tracking bills through congress ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Tracking bills through congress
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: iswhatis-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 05 Jul 2005 13:44 PDT
Expires: 04 Aug 2005 13:44 PDT
Question ID: 540231
What web-based services are available to help track the progress of legislation? 

For example, Sen. Clinton and Sen. Frist introduced a healthcare bill,
S.1262.  I want to find a service that will notify me via email when
significant actions occur on this bill, e.g. the bill passes, or is
voted down.  The service should have the ability to track both House
and Senate legislations.
Of course a free service would be preferrable, but a for-pay service
would be acceptable as well.
Subject: Re: Tracking bills through congress
Answered By: mwalcoff-ga on 10 Jul 2005 01:28 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

As mentioned by a commenter, allows you to track bills
for free. However, it does not provide e-mail alerts.

If you need to be alerted of developments by e-mail, you should
consider Congressional Quarterly's e-mail alert service, which is part
of a subscription to I did a free trial of CQ once, and it was
enormously helpful.

Source: Congressional Quarterly, " E-mail Alerts,"

Another option is Thomson's LegAlert. It advertises a similar service.
See the product description at
( A third choice is
GalleryWatch's Legislative Tracking & Notification Service

I hope this answer meets your needs. If not, please request clarification.

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iswhatis-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for this very good answer.  The only thing I extra I could have
wished for would be pricing info, and admittedly I didn't ask for
that.  So great job!

Subject: Re: Tracking bills through congress
From: andrewxmp-ga on 05 Jul 2005 19:38 PDT
Just a thought- shouldnt our government, as one by and for the people
supposedly, make thigns like this public knowledge???  I would think a
website should defintely be in place to make all current legeslative
actions public, and even discussions from the House and Senate floors
(special/secret committee's aside).  Hmmmmm
Subject: Re: Tracking bills through congress
From: iswhatis-ga on 05 Jul 2005 22:20 PDT
Oh, it's all published on the web,  no problem there.  My problem is I
need a service that will automatically _notify_ me when there are
updates so I don't have to go check every week or whatever.
Subject: Re: Tracking bills through congress
From: freedumb-ga on 05 Jul 2005 22:56 PDT
Iswhatis brings attention towhatis something that couda-shouda been
done already. One must ponder over hours of irrelevant pontification
to enjoy a minute of inspiring fire.  The service might also notify
the client as to who is speaking. I not only support the proposal, but
will add a tip if the researcher gets Google to add this to their
I might also point out that a ?Greatest Hips? daily or weekly
compilation of obvious hypocrisy and positions might eclipse the
current rating leader in information, Jon Stewart.
Subject: Re: Tracking bills through congress
From: daniel2d-ga on 06 Jul 2005 20:39 PDT
You can track legislation through the Library of Congress website.  Their 
"THOMAS" section (for Thomas Jefferson) tracks legislation.

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