The following is a guest post by Kimberly Ferguson, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management in the Library of Congress.
“Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” provides access to any measures which may be considered on the floor in the coming week, including bills, resolutions, and amendments. The repository, launched January 13, 2012, in time for the 2nd session of the 112th Congress, is intended to expand upon and replace the legislative announcements made on the House Rules Committee’s website throughout 2011.
A subscribe feature provides RSS alerts for items that may be considered on the House floor as they become available.
The long standing House rule that legislation must be publicly available for 3 days was recently amended to broaden “publicly available” to digital copies of bills in addition to traditional print copies. To satisfy the rule change, the House Clerk has provided a permanent, non-partisan repository where the documents can be centrally accessed.