The Right Room - What the Heck are They Doing in Congress?

July 24, 2015
We need dependable, unbiased sites to quickly review legislation, resolutions, meetings, conferences, and the like with the option to drill down for more detail.
What are our employees - Senators and Representatives, REALLY doing for us?
Action speaks louder than words!
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Congress.gov - replaces Thomas.gov

This is THE official source Federal source for federal legislative information. The differences include "platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation." It has all the data sets as seen on THOMAS.gov EXCEPT for all nominations, treaties and communications. The complete transition to Congress.gov will be complete by the end of 2014. You can still access THOMAS.gov via this link: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php Learn more @ http://beta.congress.gov/about .
http://beta.congress.gov/

GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress

GOLDMINE! For free (donations accepted!), you get on unbiased information on Members of Congress, bills and resolutions, and Committees! If you create an account, you can access features such as "Call Congress" in which you vote up or down on a bill, and the information is sent over to them! SWEET! Bonus: State Legislation is also available!
https://www.govtrack.us/

OpenSecrets.org: Money in Politics

More often than not, you need to "Follow the Money" to see know a congress person's true motivation. This sites provide that and much, much more for your analysis. BONUS: You can "build your own tools, design your own mashups or simply display a widget of information based on the comprehensive resources found here. " Want the complete, bulk source data? Access is free as long it is for non-commercial purposes. Be sure to give credit to OpenSecrets.org !
https://www.opensecrets.org/

Democracy.io - Contact Members of Congress

A project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), it provides --All your senators and representatives on one website. --Allows you to say whatever you want; tell Congress exactly what’s on your mind. They don’t control or influence the messages --Free software.
https://democracy.io/#/

Heritage Action Scorecard

The Heritage Action Scorecard measures votes, co-sponsorships, and other legislative activity to show how conservative Members of Congress are.
http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/

Legislative News, Studies and Analysis

"NCSL is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to --Improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures --Promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures --Ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system
http://www.ncsl.org/

U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the United States Congress. It is called the "congressional watchdog."
http://www.gao.gov/index.html

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

This is the American federal agency responsible for government budget calculations and analyses. Either the politicians love or hate the folks at the CBO, and they try to just pull the pieces out that supports whatever the politician is trying to do. It is important to note, the CBO can only use the facts given when scoring a bill. Therefore, there analysis is subject to change for they are not always given the "full story."
http://www.cbo.gov/

Citizens Against Government Waste

This is a private, non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group that focuses on ... well, eliminating government waste. According to its mission statement, CAGW aims to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. If you're a concerned citizens looking to find out where federal money is going, look no further than CAGW.org.
http://cagw.org/

Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider

I have read and listened to Jamie Dupree for quite some time now and find him to be very reputable pundit with great insight. He is the Washington bureau chief for WSB-AM Atlanta and other News-Talk stations owned by Cox Media Group, the parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for WSB-AM, since 1989.
http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/jamie-dupree/

Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System

While a tad more bulky and distracting of a site than others, I still recommend VoteSmart and give it high ratings. You have information on your officials down to your LOCAL area! Membership is free here as well. Use it for the factual, unbiased data it offers -you will come across some subjective information, but it is clearly presented as opinion.
http://votesmart.org/

AskThem: Ask questions to your city and state elected officials

http://www.askthem.io/
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