Here are two web sites to help you stay current on what’s happening in Congress…
GovTrack.us (a civic project to track Congress) – This is not in the .gov domain, so it’s not an official government site; however, the site, a pet project of Joshua Tauberer, a UPENN grad with great personal enthusiasm for improving government transparency, repackages data from Thomas, the official Library of Congress web site for legislative information, in a user-friendly manner so that it’s easier to stay up-to-date on the latest action related to bills you care about. Here’s the page for S.797 – the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009 (mentioned yesterday in an NPR story).
MAPLight (Money and Congress: Illuminating the Connection) – In a similar way that GovTrack displays existing data in a more user-friendly way, MAPLight (a nonprofit whose largest contributor is the Sunlight Foundation) aggregates data from GovTrack and Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics). They also have a section for California politics. Here’s the page for H.R. 627 – the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act 2009.