The Hill on The Net
Sites to See
- Senator Edward M. Kennedy
The first member of Congress on the World Wide Web, thanks to assistance
from MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab, Kennedy preceded the second Member
of Congress on the Web by seven months.
- Open Government - Canada
An independently developed resource for locating government information
in the Great White North. Inspiration for CapWeb.
An "unauthorized and unofficial" guide to the U.S. Congress on
the World Wide Web developed by myself and my colleague, Jeff Hecker. The
"Yahoo" of Congress.
- House of Representatives
True to form, the lower-chamber of Congress is quicker with hi-tech. The
House of Representatives home page was unveiled in January, 1995.
- United States Senate
Following the House onto the Web by ten months, the Senate closed the technology
gap with a web server that finally allowed Senators to host their home pages
on a HTTP server, and with a home page of its own.
- House Democratic
The first home page added to the House's new web server by a Representative
or organization. The House Democratic Leadership page set a high-standard
for other House home pages.
- House Republican
Much improved over the original CobWeb that sat unchanged on the House server
for seven months. The re-vamped House Republican Conference page is now
new so often it rates monthly mentions in the House's "What's New!"
- The Library of Congress
The first legislative branch agency to have a presence on the World Wide
Not the first, but the best online access to the Congressional Record
and the full text of legislation. Speaker Gingrich's pet project on the
Net, THOMAS made Congress take notice of Cyberspace.
The original source for online access to Congressional documents, the Government
Printing Office continues to make a great deal of information about Congress
available on the Net.
- Senate Democratic Policy Committee
The first home page hosted on a Senate server, delivered via FTP for eleven
months before the Senate had an HTTP server. The DPC home page demonstrated
to Senators that they could do more with the limited Internet resources
available to them.
- The Medicare Page
The first special-issue Web resource developed by the DPC, it is likely
to be the first of many.
- Senate Republican Policy Committee
The Senate Republican view of the world. A very good page.
- Govline Congressional Committee
Do you have several thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket? You
can buy access to the submitted testimony of witnesses that appear before
Congressional Committees. It's your only choice until all committees make
the effort to post it to the Net for nothing.
of Senate Legal Counsel
The last Senate home page still forbidden to use the Senate's Web server
and left to live on the FTP server. Why? I dunno.
- Office of the House Chief
A look inside of the office that's been tasked with straightening out the
day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives.
- Washington GOP
Balanced Budget Web Site
The Republican members of a state delegation pull-together a special issue
- Internet Multicasting
Service: U.S. Congress Proceedings
Search and listen to House floor debates.
- Democratic Senatorial Campaign
The first national campaign committee on the Web.
- Kennedy for Senate - 1994
With the help of the DSCC, Kennedy's re-election campaign was among the
few campaigns to employ the Net in '94.
- Tom Campbell for Congress
Running in a December 1995 special election to fill the seat of retiring
Congressman Mineta of California's 15th District, Campbell and his opponent
Jerry Estruth took their race to the Net.
Estruth for Congress
While Campbell's home page was a sharp looking professional effort, the
volunteer created Estruth page succeeded in providing more practical details
than Campbell's did, but it wasn't enought to avoid defeat.
- Voters Telecom Watch
An on-line advocacy group that seeks to protect online rights. VTW's Internet
Pledge is an effort to get candidates on the record with their views on
issues of concern to millions of Netizens.
- Wyden for Senate
Oregon's January 1996 special election to fill the seat of Senator Bob Packwood
brought another preview of Campaign '96 on the Net. Both campaigns were
on the Net, and both candidates took VTW's Internet Pledge.
- Sims for Senate
An example of how the Net can be a historical archive of past campaigns,
and perhaps allow candidates to keep a shop open in Cyberspace until they're
ready to run again.
- Bogus Dole for President
With a domain name that looks legit at first glance, parody pages such as
this one are often taken for the real thing by the Net's more gullible surfers.
The grand daddy of Watch pages, and still the best.
- Dole Watch
- Gephardt Web Watch
- The Unofficial Dianne Feinstein
- The World According
Share in the wit and wisdom of North Carolina's Senior Senator.
- The Newt Gingrich
WWW Fan Page
Some pages "watch" in admiration
- Joint Economic Committee
Hearing - 6/12/95
This hearing was broadcast to, and took questions from, the Net.
- ROLL CALL - The Newspaper of Capitol
In its 40th year reporting on Capitol Hill, Roll Call established a cyber-edition.
The television network that changed the way the public sees Congress, is
likewise on the net.
- Highway 1
A non-profit learning center funded by the technology industry with the
goal of helping to facilitate the use and understanding of technology in
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