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  1. Tom Birkland
    June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I’d love to see full text Congressional hearings on THOMAS so that we can do some really detailed legislative history analysis. Or a link to full text. I’d love to see full text hearings back to the 1940s. I know these are available via commercial providers, but the datasets are so expensive that it’s hard for social scientists who don’t have a huge library to get this full text data for things like computer aided textual analysis. But that’s not to say I don’t appreciate the exciting new features on THOMAS, a site I routinely recommend to my students. Thanks!

  2. SRJ
    June 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I’ve been asking LOC law librarians about complete transcripts of congressional hearings for years. They always direct you to the Congressional Record and floor statements and debates and I don’t think they understand that the most valuable and detailed legislative history information occurs during the hearings.

    It’s far from complete, and sometimes it only includes the written statements submitted for hearings, but the best free resource for at least some congressional hearings from the past few Congresses is on the GPO (now FDYSYS) site:


  3. USDR Legislative
    June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I would like to see a feature that would allow a user to be search current legislation based on key words. In my case those words would include: “veteran,” “military retiree,” “military widow,” “service connected disability,” “combat related,” “Tricare,” “survivors benefits,” “dependency indeminification,” etc.

    Additionally, this feature should allow one to specify the begin and end dates.

    Nice to have, but not really necessary, would be an enhancement to to send this information to one’s email address.

  4. AJ Groome
    June 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I love the new feature to search across multiple Congress sessions!

  5. Richard Marcotte
    June 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Given the fact that members always ask for and receive or chairmen always grant the ability to revise and extend a members remark, be from the floor or be it in a committee hearing, what would be really valuable is to actually read in the record what they said on the floor or in the committee hearing. All revised and extended remarks should be noted as such with a time stamp as well.

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