I am very excited that today marks the launch of the Congressional Record App presented by the Library of Congress, an initiative of the House leadership under the guidance of the Committee on House Administration. The goal of this new free app is straightforward – easily read the daily edition of the Congressional Record on your iPad (and maybe save a few trees in the process). Just like the Library of Congress does with THOMAS, we are pulling together data from our partners: the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Government Printing Office.
In the iTunes App Store, we describe the app as being able to:
- Browse editions of the Congressional Record by date: January 4, 1995 (the 104th Congress, 1st Session) to the present
- Perform keyword searches within individual documents or sections within documents
- Share documents via email
- Save documents to your preferred iPad PDF reader
- Identify the latest bills and resolutions considered daily on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Identify the latest bills, resolutions, treaties, and nominations considered daily on the floor of the U.S. Senate
Want even more details about what the Congressional Record is? See the About the Congressional Record page in THOMAS.
It has been a lot of fun to watch this project move from the conceptual mockups to a working iPad app.
The image on the right shows the home screen for the app with the most recent daily issue of the Congressional Record accessible and the House and Senate Floor Today feeds at the bottom (which link to the legislation in THOMAS). These mockups look very similar to what you can now download.
For those of you without iPads, this content is still available in THOMAS where you can read the Daily Digest or browse the daily issues. The House Floor Today and Senate Floor Today feeds that display are available via email and RSS.