Congress by the Sunlight Foundation brings GovTrack’s legislative database to Android smartphones. A pocket Congress - track elected officials, read the latest bills and laws. Keep on top of Congress.
Call on Congress, an 800-number voice service app by the Sunlight Foundation, tells you how your representatives are voting on bills and raising campaign money. You can also get details on where to vote on Election Day.
Follow our twitter handle @GovTrack for notices of upcoming legislation in the House and Senate and newly enacted bills.
Advocate Your View
POPVOX, co-founded by the same guy behind GovTrack, is a platform for advocacy for issues before the U.S. Congress. Use POPVOX to write a letter to your Members of Congress.
Other Tracking Tools
Scout, a tool created by the Sunlight Foundation using GovTrack’s database of legislation, provides email and SMS alerts for new activity in Congress, the 50 state legislatures, and federal regulations.
WashingtonWatch.com tracks the dollar costs of implementing new bills and has forums for discussion on bills and resolutions.
Researching the Law
Here are some other tools you may be interested in for researching U.S. law:
- Statutory law is the component of U.S. law that is enacted by the U.S. Congress through bills and some types of resolutions. The United States Code is the compilation of statutory law pieced together from the text of the bills and resolutions enacted by Congress. The text of the U.S. Code can be read at the Cornell Legal Information Institute website. More information can also be found at the Library of Congress and The House.
- Regulatory or administrative law is the component of U.S. law created by executive branch agencies. Rule-making is the process of creating regulations, and public-comment periods are often required. This process is published in the Federal Register, which you can access at FederalRegister.gov. The compilation of regulations is called the Code of Federal Regulations, which you can read online at the Cornell Legal Information Institute.
- Case law is the aspect of law that results from judicial decisions. You can find court opinions at Justia, Cornell's Legal Information Institute, FindLaw, or CourtListener.
- The U.S. Constitution: The U.S. Constitution outlines the structure of government, supersedes any other aspect of law, and is the hardest aspect of law to change. It and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the constitution, are the only founding documents that are a part of law.
- GPO FDsys, the government’s official repository of documents, has many documents created by the legislative process.
- The Library of Congress: Century of Lawmaking has scans of bills and resolutions from 1799-1873, laws from 1789-1875 (i.e. Statutes at Large), and other early records.
- Statutes (i.e. enacted bills) from 1789-1919 can be found at Early United States Statutes.
- Other founding and early documents from 1775-1814 can be found at the Library of Congress web guide for primary documents in American History, and various other important documents can be found at OurDocuments.gov and NARA's Charters of Freedom.