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Chapter 8. Searching Annoyances > GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW

GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW

GET THE LOWDOWN ON CONGRESS

The Annoyance:

I pay enough federal taxes every year to float a battleship. (Okay, maybe a destroyer.) So why is it so hard to track down information about bills before Congress? I've used the Thomas search site (http://thomas.loc.gov), but much of what I find is incomprehensible. What does "HJRes143" mean, for example?

The Fix:

There's good news and bad news about Thomas, the federal legislative search engine that lets you find information about any bill before Congress. The good news is that it exists. The bad news is that it can be as confounding as an IRS form.


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