Whip Watch 2.0

On Thursday, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer launched Whip Watch 2.0, a free app that provides the public (and congressional staffers) a real-time mobile view into the Democrats’ whip operation. In addition to all the neat features we wrote about when Whip Watch first launched in June 2015, it allows users to see vote totals, including vote breakdowns by party, on floor votes as it happens, as well as show the time remaining on a vote and how long a vote stays open after it was supposed to close.Continue Reading

Upcoming Tech and Congress Events

#HouseOfCode
Clear your schedule Tuesday, April 4th, from 4:30-7:30 to celebrate the accomplishments of 123 Members of Congress who participated in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. Located at the Rayburn House Office Building, this reception and demo day will feature remarks from Reps. Goodlatte, Eshoo, Royce, and Moulton. RSVP here!

CodeX FutureLaw 2017
On April 6th, from 8:30 AM to 5:45 PM, CodeX–the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics–will bring together academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, and policy makers to host its fifth annual conference on the impact of technology on the both the legal profession and the law itself. Register now to attend fascinating panel events on topics such as the “Rise of the Legal Chatbot,” and “Legal Education Reform in the Age of the Robolawyer.”

Bulk Data Task Force
Keep April 6th open, from 1:00-2:30, for the next meeting of the congressional Bulk Data Task Force. This legislative-branch wide working group is moving Congress into the future. More information to come.

Congressional Committees and Hearings Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
The National Archives and the Law Library of Congress are hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on Congressional Committees and Hearings at the Library of Congress on Friday, April 7th from 9:30 AM to to 5 PM. Special guests and speakers include Dr. Carla Hayden, current Librarian of Congress, Katherine A. Scott, the associate historian from the Senate Historical Office, and Robert Brammer, a Legal Reference Librarian who will share congressional committee and hearing resources available from the Library of Congress. Spaces are limited, so register now!