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Every Bill Coming Before the House Should Soon Be Available Online in Machine-Readable Format

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 17 2012

As of late last week, the House of Representatives began publishing some key legislative documents in machine-readable format at, fulfilling a promise that had been announced last year. Going forward, the site will host a machine-readable version of every bill coming before the House, and currently hosts another structured set of data on all the bills coming before the House in a given week. Read More

Twitter Tiff Stalls Hearings on Stop Online Piracy Act

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 15 2011

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Twitter that Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) was "boring" during markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House Judiciary Committee. Later, Jackson-Lee responded in person by calling his words "offensive." Their offline-offline tiff brought committee proceedings to a grinding halt for several minutes. Read More

The Floor of the U.S. House in the Palm of Your Hand

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 11 2011 The office of the clerk of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has released the House's own tablet-friendly website for watching live, streaming video of floor proceedings. Taking a page from ... Read More

Lieberman Introduces Bill to Open Up Congressional Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

While everyone is going nuts over an impending end to the United States' credit line, Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and Republican Senators Susan Collins and Tom Coburn, have introduced a bill that ... Read More

Proposed House Rules for the 112th Embrace Functional Transparency

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 22 2010

The leadership of every new congress gets a chance to shape the institution in their image and likeness, and this incoming Republican majority has, as we've discussed, put a big emphasis on making the body more open to ... Read More

Orientation Week

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 15 2010

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