Ruby wrapper for the Sunlight Congress API

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The Sunlight Congress API is a live JSON API for the people and work of Congress, provided by the Sunlight Foundation.

Installation

gem install congress

Documentation

http://rdoc.info/gems/congress

Authentication

All requests to the Congress API require a Sunlight API key. An API key is free to register and has no usage limits.

Usage Examples

Setup
require 'congress'
Congress.key = YOUR_SUNLIGHT_API_KEY
Fetch current legislators' names, IDs, biography, and social media
Congress.legislators
Fetch representatives and senators for a latitude/longitude or zip code
Congress.legislators_locate(37.775, -122.418)
Congress.legislators_locate('94107')
Fetch congressional districts for a latitude/longitude or zip code
Congress.districts_locate(37.775, -122.418)
Congress.districts_locate('94107')
Fetch current committees, subcommittees, and their membership
Congress.committees
Fetch legislation in the House and Senate
Congress.bills
Fetch legislation related to health care
Congress.bills_search(:query => "health care")
Fetch roll call votes in Congress
Congress.votes
Fetch to-the-minute updates from the floor of the House and Senate
Congress.floor_updates
Fetch committee hearings in Congress
Congress.hearings
Fetch bills scheduled for debate in the future, as announced by party leadership
Congress.upcoming_bills

Supported Ruby Versions

This library aims to support and is tested against the following Ruby implementations:

If something doesn't work on one of these interpreters, it should be considered a bug.

This library may inadvertently work (or seem to work) on other Ruby implementations, however support will only be provided for the versions listed above.

If you would like this library to support another Ruby version, you may volunteer to be a maintainer. Being a maintainer entails making sure all tests run and pass on that implementation. When something breaks on your implementation, you will be personally responsible for providing patches in a timely fashion. If critical issues for a particular implementation exist at the time of a major release, support for that Ruby version may be dropped.

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2011-2014, Code for America. See LICENSE for details.