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June 26, 2005

Good Congress Information Link

Previously, I linked to a page at the Thomas website. 

The site is a running record of proceedings in both houses of Congress, and a good place to peruse the work output of those people we send to Capitol Hill to represent our, and our fellow Americans' interests in the governance of our country.

The sheer number of ongoing bills for Constitutional amendments, some important, some frivolous, boggles the mind.

There are bills up for everything from renaming federal buildings to allocating funds.

I find reading summaries of what was debated and decided in different Congressional sessions intensely amusing.

When I think of our original Congress I always envision a bunch of patriots who were instrumental in winning the American Revolution pounding out the legal and moral issues of their time and holding emotion-charged strategy debates, each man making bold, profound statements to emphasize his points.

Today, I envision these two giant chambers, full of lawyer/politicians, in long hours of hot debate:  

"No way! The fifth paragraph has to appear above the third, and a comma inserted between the sixth and seventh words, space after comma." 

"Get real. If there's gonna be a comma anywhere in the first sentence, it'll be between the fourth and fifth words, and once we've reached agreement on that, we can debate whether or not to include your proposal for a space after it."

"That space after the comma, I'll have you know, will clarify many questions voters in my district have on this issue. Listen, how about if we delete the colon in sentence two of the second paragraph, replace it with a semicolon and...."

{just a bit of Seth-humor, there}

Go check out the link and explore the site if you've never been there, a good way to keep up with what's being debated on Capitol Hill and who sponsors and supports each issue. 

Posted by Seth at June 26, 2005 11:17 PM