Last year’s most viewed new post on In Custodia Legis was Legislation Email Alerts on Congress.gov. The email alerts are an excellent addition to the system that allow you to track a specific piece of legislation, what a Member of Congress is sponsoring and cosponsoring, and when the next issue of the Congressional Record is available.
Building on those email alerts, there is now an additional set of email alerts and the first RSS feeds that you can subscribe to from Congress.gov.
- Most-Viewed Bills (email | RSS)
- Search Tips (email | RSS)
- Bills Presented to the President (email | RSS)
- On the House Floor Today (email | RSS)
- On the Senate Floor Today (email | RSS)
- In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress (email | RSS)
RSS and Email Alerts
The “Most-Viewed Bills” is a popular feature on the Congress.gov homepage. It’s a quick way to see the legislation people are viewing in a given week. Congress.gov is a large and growing system. With new releases issued roughly every quarter, subscribing to our “Search Tips” feed will help keep you up to date with new ways to search the system. What is Congress sending the president? Sign up for “Bills Presented to the President” to see what crosses the desk in the Oval Office. Find out what the House and Senate are discussing with the “On the House Floor Today” and “On the Senate Floor Today” alerts.
Hopefully, you are already subscribed to In Custodia Legis. Twice recognized as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the ABA Journal, the Law Library of Congress publishes something new to In Custodia Legis on most business days.
This is one more step in our goal to retire THOMAS on July 5! Stay tuned as we expand the ways to stay connected with Congress through Congress.gov.
One of my favorite THOMAS related posts was of the THOMAS Starting Point, which featured the homepage of the site when it launched on January 5, 1995. It seems only fitting to share the photo from the post while announcing the THOMAS Ending Point of July 5, 2016. I have talked frequently about THOMAS on In Custodia Legis […]
Over the last several months, we have added a variety of enhancements to Congress.gov. It began with the Communications in October, the Congressional Record Index in December, and the XML Bulk Data via GPO in February. Today’s update focuses on expanding Quick Search on Congress.gov. When the Quick Search on Congress.gov first launched in December 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. H.R.213 [114th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015 H.R.1599 [114th] Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 H.R.1735 [114th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 […]
In our quest to retire THOMAS, we have made many enhancements to Congress.gov this year. Our first big announcement was the addition of email alerts, which notify users of the status of legislation, new issues of the Congressional Record, and when Members of Congress sponsor and cosponsor legislation. That development was soon followed by the addition of treaty documents and better […]
This has been a great year as we continue our push to develop and refine Congress.gov. There were email alerts added in February, treaties and better default text in March, the Federalist Papers and more browse options in May, and accessibility and user requested features in July. With this October update, Senate Executive Communications from […]
Since the unveiling of Congress.gov in September of 2012, we have been constantly adding new features with each release, and many of the features in this release are based directly on your feedback. Accessibility We want to make Congress.gov more accessible, and our new feature, “Listen,” helps us deliver on this goal. Listen appears on […]
Now that we are midway through the year I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at our metrics at this point. What In Custodia Legis blog posts have been popular? What Law Library of Congress reports? What legislation? The mix of the top ten new blog posts highlights both our foreign and […]
With each release of Congress.gov, THOMAS is one step closer to retiring to Monticello. Tina has recently joined the Congress.gov team and has been working on a gap analysis between the two systems. She is identifying items such as the Senate Executive Communications and Congressional Record Index that exist only on THOMAS as things to […]
So far, 2015 has been a great year for Congress.gov. First, we launched email alerts in February. Then, we added treaty documents and more in March. With today’s update, improvements have been made to search (results, command line and advanced), alerts, browse, and accessibility. The Federalist Papers have remained a perennially popular item on THOMAS with […]