Votes.getBillsBySponsorYear: Get a list of bills according to sponsor(candidate) and year

Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) References Examples

Description

This function is a wrapper for the Votes.getBillsBySponsorYear() method of the PVS API Votes class which grabs a list of bills that fit the sponsor's candidateId and year. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all candidate IDs and years given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.

Usage

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Votes.getBillsBySponsorYear(year, candidateId)

Arguments

year

a character string or list of character strings with the year(s)

candidateId

a character string or list of character strings with the candidate ID(s) (see references for details)

Value

A data frame with a row for each bill and columns with the following variables describing the bill:
bills.bill*.billId,
bills.bill*.billNumber,
bills.bill*.title,
bills.bill*.type.

Author(s)

Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>

References

http://api.votesmart.org/docs/Votes.html
Use Candidates.getByOfficeState(), Candidates.getByOfficeTypeState(), Candidates.getByLastname(), Candidates.getByLevenshtein(), Candidates.getByElection(), Candidates.getByDistrict() or Candidates.getByZip() to get a list of candidate IDs.
See also: Matter U, Stutzer A (2015) pvsR: An Open Source Interface to Big Data on the American Political Sphere. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130501. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130501

Examples

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# First, make sure your personal PVS API key is saved as character string in the pvs.key variable:
## Not run: pvs.key <- "yourkey"
# get a list of bills for a certain candidate and year
## Not run: bills <- Votes.getBillsBySponsorYear(2010:2012,107800)
## Not run: bills

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