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Old and busted: Congressional web sites. New hotness: Whipcast!

posted at 11:49 am on November 18, 2011 by

I sat in on a call this morning with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers where they rolled out a new offer for you technophiles who would like more transparency in the legislative process and a way to keep up with bills as they move through the process on the hill. Called “WhipCast,” it will provide real time updates on bills to a variety of platforms. The winning moment of the call came when McCarthy said he hoped that President Obama would download it to his Blackberry so he might have some idea of the various jobs bills awaiting action while he’s “out on the campaign trail” or golfing.

The new tool is picking up some traction in the media already.

Those who download WhipCast will receive the full text of legislation before it is considered on the House floor, the House floor vote schedule, alerts on key votes coming up in the House, and more, all at their fingertips on their iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, or Android.

Downloading this first-of-its-kind app is fast, easy and free, and can be used on almost any mobile device. All you have to do is go to the app store on your iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android device and type in ‘WhipCast,’ or, just click on link of the device you’re using right here and it will take you straight to the store to download

Here’s a video that explains more if you’re thinking of installing this.

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The winning moment of the call came when McCarthy said he hoped that President Obama would download it to his Blackberry so he might have some idea of the various jobs bills awaiting action while he’s “out on the campaign trail” or golfing.

As we used to say in the schoolyard, “What a burn!” :-)

Here’s a video that explains more if you’re thinking of installing this.

Fixed the link for ya, Jazz! :-)

Thanks very much for posting this. I’ll download the app, and I hope a lot of others will, too. In fact, it seems to me that the number of downloads will give us a rough (very rough!) estimate of how many people are paying attention to Congressional politics, and that that will be useful information going into 2012.

Mary in LA on November 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Oh my, have you tried to read that stuff?
….and what gets passed is often changed so drastically as to make it completely different, or some loop hole is appended rendering the entire bill meaningless.

Skandia Recluse on November 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM