While I love it when people use THOMAS, I also like the idea of other good sources enabling the public to learn about legislation that will affect us. THOMAS is an incredibly valuable tool, but there are areas of information that other sites use and enhance. I’ve mentioned two examples before, where video is added to augment information from THOMAS in Where to Watch Congress Online, HouseLive from the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the C-SPAN Video Library.
The information shown on this site is assembled in an automated way from official government websites (primarily from the website THOMAS, the official website for the status of legislation run by the Library of Congress).
When looking at legislation, the site links directly to the bill in THOMAS, “the official source of information on this bill or resolution.”
The New York Times “Inside Congress” section lists the Library of Congress as a source for its legislation. It combines votes for legislation with a map interface. It also links to THOMAS for the full text of bills.
Another site that incorporates how individual Members voted is Project Vote Smart. They also have a Voter’s Research Hotline to call for status information about bills. When viewing legislation, there is a “Link to Legislation” that takes you to the bill text in THOMAS.
WashingtonWatch.com allows people to vote on whether or not they are in favor of the legislation, details cost/savings per family for some legislation, and allows comments. Clicking “Read the Bill” links to the respective legislation in THOMAS.
The Senate has an Active Legislation page that links the Bill Summary and Status page of the legislation mentioned. The House links to how laws are made and how laws are enacted in THOMAS on their homepage.
Where else do you go for U.S. legislative data? And what would you like to see us add to THOMAS?