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Friday, June 17, 2005

Now that's Plogress is a web site that tracks the daily activity of our U.S. representatives and senators. And [drum roll] it has RSS feeds for each and every U.S. rep and senator.

This could prove to be the next best thing to actually breathing down the necks of our congresspersons every time he or she steps foot in Washington.

No, it doesn't write about the kinds of things like where they go to lunch and with whom. Maybe some day?

It does, however, report the status of legislation sponsored by said representatives and senators. And, even better, how our trusted congressional delegation votes on the proposed laws that will affect our daily lives and the lives of generations to come.

For instance, we learn that yesterday, June 16, Rep. Evans (D-Ill.) voted,

No On Motion to Table - H.RES.324: Resolution raising a question of the privileges of the House.

Whereas, Reps. Shimkus and LaHood (both R-Ill.) voted, "Aye." Since the text of House Resolution 324 is not yet available, we don't know what it says. We can only assume that it's something critically important to the operation of our country. But, until we can fully disarrange it, we can only guess at what could possibly cause the vote to be split along party lines.

In the meantime, from the main page, click a state or territory from the lefthand column. In my case, I pick Illinois. And, walla! There you have plogress links for all of Illinois's illustrious senators and reps. Don't forget, there are also feeds for each one that can be loaded into one's favorite aggregator.

Big time cheering and clapping and cartwheeling for the guy who runs this site. Wow. Amazing. Slick. Quick. Genius. Thank you!

Posted by Marie at June 17, 2005 11:31 AM


This is most outstanding. I'm now able to follow my senators and my rep in my home state without effort. Thank you.

Posted by: ben at June 18, 2005 12:49 PM