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The Congress.gov Top 15 in 2015

Another year, another list of legislation! After 13 in 2013 and 14 in 2014, it is time for the 15 most-viewed items in 2015 on Congress.gov.

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Most-Viewed Bills from Congress.gov

  1. H.R.213 [114th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015
  2. H.R.1599 [114th] Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
  3. H.R.1735 [114th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
  4. H.R.1314 [114th] Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
  5. H.R.22 [114th] FAST Act
  6. H.R.83 [113th] Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
  7. H.R.2232 [114th] Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015
  8. S.1177 [114th] Every Student Succeeds Act
  9. S.754 [114th] Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
  10. H.R.2 [114th] Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
  11. H.R.378 [114th] Responsible Body Armor Possession Act
  12. H.R.240 [114th] Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
  13. S.1 [114th] Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act
  14. H.R.36 [114th] Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  15. H.R.2058 [114th] FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015

This was a very productive year for Congress.gov.  It was a lot of fun to be a part of such a great group of people focused on providing a better way to connect with Congress.

With all of these updates, THOMAS is several steps closer to retiring to Monticello.  We are looking forward to what 2016 will bring!

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Thomas Jefferson with a sketch of Monticello in hand / Photograph by Andrew Weber

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