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App of the Week: Congress

There is nothing not to like about the Sunlight Foundation’s Congress App, now available on iOS as well as Android. It is, quite simply, the most painless way to keep up to date on a very painful topic: what Congress is up to. It’s open-source, steadily adding features, and fits in your pocket.

The Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit that describes itself as using “the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency.” At App of the Week, we support this mission! Especially if it can be done for free on an iPhone.

The home screen pops you directly into an up-to-the-minute list of the latest activity from the floors of the House and Senate. Checking in on Friday, I learned that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, had introduced a new bill “to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes.” Representing her constituents! I also noticed a more cryptic new piece of legislation introduced by Sen Roy Blunt, R-Mo., that would require the EPA to “conduct a fuel system requirements harmonization study.” Hmm. Sounds suspicious. Oh right -- that’s part of the long-standing Republican obsession with proving that gasoline blends that cut down on pollution are responsible for high gas prices.

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