New for mashing: Congress RSS feeds

We've launched the U.S. Congress Votes Database, which lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991. One of the site's features is an RSS feed for every active member of Congress, updated each time he or she votes. There's also a feed of the latest votes.

See the RSS page for full information about the feeds.

Of course, this data is open to remixing, so, if you're a developer/tinkerer, feel free to download feeds and come up with something interesting. In fact, a couple of people have already done so:

Please let us know if you create a mashup, so we can spotlight it here. Also get in touch if you think of any other related RSS feeds we can offer. E-mail me at adrian.holovaty (at) wpni (dot) com.

By Adrian Holovaty |  December 7, 2005; 5:47 PM ET  | Category:  Post data
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You've made it much easier for me to follow the actions of my representatives and provided a tool to encourage me to participate in the political process. This is a fantastic, useful tool. Bravo!

Posted by: Dave L | December 8, 2005 11:46 AM

Not clear to my why a columnist like Howard Kurtz writes a blog every day and once a week it's printed in the paper -- and you only put the print version in the RSS feed for him.

Shouldn't all your bloggers -- and maybe even outside ones like Talking Points Memo that you include -- have full RSS feeds?

Why not be comprehensive?


Roger Sperberg

Posted by: Roger Sperberg | December 8, 2005 02:13 PM

What advantage does this have over ?

Posted by: Ross Karchner ( | December 9, 2005 12:12 PM


Plogress is very well-done, but I believe that our Congressional Votes Database has more votes (dating back to 1991), summary information such as listing the members of Congress who miss the most votes and votes that occur after midnight (often some of the most controversial). In addition, we will be adding more features in the future that will expand on these offerings. We hope you'll keep coming back and tell us what you do and don't like.

Posted by: Derek Willis | December 10, 2005 05:49 PM

Roger - Try this feed for Kurtz, linked from his daily column:

Posted by: Alyson | December 10, 2005 06:00 PM

Great new addition to the Washington Post. Integrating these type of research tools into the site are a great idea.

One suggestion - why not post the entire House/Senate in the votes missed section. It's arbitrary to cut it off at a certain point and I don't see any way to see who rarely misses votes. I understand not wanting to present 435 members in a list for graphic purposes but you could paginate the list and add a ton of functionality.

Posted by: joejoejoe | December 13, 2005 12:28 PM

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