Friday, December 09, 2005

Yay Or Nay

The's U.S. Congress Votes Database is a deep database of every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991). It lets you browse votes in a variety of ways -- both in aggregate and for individual members of Congress. You can browse the database by drilling down to a particular Congress such as the 109th Congress) or particular member or group such as the 109th Congress senators. The site publishes an RSS feed of recent votes by each member of Congress, and a feed of the most recent votes in both chambers. The site is generally updated every day, and is taken directly from several official Internet sources; House vote data comes from the Web site of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Senate vote data comes from the Web site of the Senate, Member biographical information, including birth dates and hometowns, comes from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Member gender information comes from Women in Congress site and the Women in the Senate page, Representatives' district information comes from the Library of Congress' THOMAS site. For each congressional vote in each chamber beginning with the 102nd Congress (1991), the Post has assembled detail and summary information about that vote and the members who took part. In addition to displaying the details of every vote, calculates a majority position for Republicans and Democrats, if one exists.


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