Based on an idea from John Wonderlich on the Open House Project mail
list, I adapted the bill comparison tool I developed for
GovTrack and analyzed the changes made between the draft PDFs that have
been circulating of the bail-out bill. I found four texts (three drafts
plus the amendment voted on today), making for three comparisons. You
can see them here:
It's not very pretty because while House bill writers have been posting
the PDFs, PDFs don't make it easy to make comparisons. They *are*
composing the bills in XML, and if they made those available we the
public would have an easier time. Maybe we wouldn't complain to our reps
so much either because we could actually understand what is going on better!
GovTrack, much like House.gov, is having difficulty keeping up with the
high load of so many people Googling for HR 3997. You may have to reload
the page once or twice or thrice to get it.
If you have spotted a draft PDF (in the 105 page range) that I don't
have, please send it along and I'll add it.
Feedback is welcome. I would appreciate a few hours embargo on linking
in case some bugs crop up from feedback. After that, please disseminate
far and wide as you please.
- Josh Tauberer
"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)