Bill finding - Govtrack now state of the art
by skeptic06, Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 11:35:34 AM EST
Some months ago, I explained in all its tedious detail the way in which I got the THOMAS page for a bill whose number and Congress I knew.
It was Workaround City, and something better surely had to come along.
I'm finding that Govtrack is that thing.
I work in Firefox, and use the search box widget available on the Govtrack homepage.
For measures in the 110th, all you need do is type hr678 or hconres8 or whatever into the box. (For earlier Congresses, you type hr1/107 or whatever.)
What you get is a page from which you can bring up the text of the bill, and a list of cosponsors.
It also gives a link to the THOMAS page for the bill, where you can pick up the rest of the stuff for it. (This isn't a problem - the real buggeration factor was jiggling about to get the THOMAS bill URL!)
There are other gizmos on the site that I haven't explored. Sufficient unto the day.
(In the last month or two, I've given up giving the THOMAS URL for bills I identify by number. (Pretty much all of them!) The wised-up will know; the curious will find out; the others - don't read my pieces.)