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The 113th Congress In-App-Purchase is Live (99¢)

February 5, 2013


We are pleased (relieved) to announce that the 113th Congress is now available to be unlocked in Congress, Congress+, and CongressPro.

The in-app-purchase gives you the benefit of our 541 phone calls to every elected office on Capitol Hill as well as the long hours of programming and additional research that supported it.

The cost?  99¢.  That’s a lot less than what others are charging for printed books that never get updated and are likely already out-of-date.

If you do not see the update in the App Store or if your current app is acting up, delete it, re-download it, and you should see the in-app-purchase offered after the splash screen.  If you have any questions, please email us at 113update [at]

Over the next several months, we will continue to update the apps with new functionality and content.  We will continue to update Congress+ and CongressPro apps with staff, committee, and subcommittee assignments as they become available.

First on the docket from a design perspective, will be a redesigned iPad app for Congress+ and CongressPro users, which will take better advantage of the increased space over iPhones.  Continue to look here for screenshots of the upcoming version.

We hope you enjoy the new information and we look forward to providing for you new content and features over the next two years for paid upgraders.


(Bleep!) Where Are the Newbies?

February 1, 2013

Meet the Newbies?

Yesterday afternoon was NOT a great day.

The new versions of Congress, Congress+, and CongressPro went live yesterday but something very bad broke down along the way.  Many of you have emailed, called, or tweeted asking us in (sometimes) unkind (but understandable) terms …

“What the [bleep]?”

Here’s what the bleep happened

  • Apple approved the apps, which was awesome.
  • Apple didn’t approve the in-app purchase, which caused the weirdness in your ability to unlock the 113th Congress or, in some cases, crash the app.

Here’s what we did until 1AM yesterday

  • Screamed (like you), “What the (bleeeeeeeep)!”
  • Counted to ten and took deep breaths.  Pictured a nice sandy beach …
  • … and calmly thought it through and realized it was a problem with the in-app purchase
  • Pulled the applications from the App Store so no one else would be affected.
  • Put together a temporary fix last night until 1:00AM (more on that in a sec).
  • Emailed and responded to hundreds of people with the fix.
  • Updated the FAQ.

Then, after a few hours of sleep we

  • Talked with Apple directly and agreed to expedite the review process for the in-app purchase.  They were very nice, by the way, and are working right now to make this happen.
  • Responded to all social media questions.
  • Posted here.

The most immediate thing is that we were able to set up a free temporary web app so you can access the data from the 113th Congress right now.

Rather than post the solution online so folks can get this for free, please email us at update113 [at] and we’ll walk you through it.

We usually charge $99/year for access to this information on all platforms (it runs in any browser).  But this is a special case so we wanted to help immediately.

On behalf of our team, I’m sorry, horrified, and despondent over this but as soon as it’s approved, all three Congress apps will return to the App Store.  Again, we believe working with Apple directly will help and, hopefully, very soon.

Please send us that email, along with any other questions you have, so we can get you the temporary credentials for the web app.

We’re on this and will be there for the many of you who need this information NOW to do your jobs effectively.