Often the public does not have a grasp of congressional bills. It became much easier for me after I subscribed to U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's Facebook page.
There, he explains bills' goals and his thought process as to why he voted a certain way. This concept of transparency seems to be favored by Republicans.
Contrary to our liberal minority's opinion, Sanford's voting record represents the views of his constituents. In fact, his history of consistent conservative voting is exactly why he was re-elected.