The truism goes that laws and sausages are the two things you don’t want to see being made. Nevertheless, if more of us paid attention to what our congressional representatives are really up to (and let them know when they screw up), we’d probably be a little happier with how the system works overall. Two thirds of Americans think we’re on the wrong track (if recent polls are to be believed), and with the presidential elections coming up there’s no better time to start paying attention.
All that’s a long run-up to mentioning a new website initiative called Open Congress designed to help the average citizen figure out what the heck is going on in Washington. Track representatives and bills that you’re interested in; interact with other users who share your concerns; sort through data by issue or industry. It just got a little easier to make your vote count.