Moving from a 20-year-old system to our new, modern Congress.gov platform has many advantages. One of these is that, starting today, email alerts are available on Congress.gov. There are three different types of alerts in this initial release: Member of Congress, legislation, and the Congressional Record. Bill and member alerts were an often-requested feature on THOMAS and I’m excited that we are now able to fulfill those requests in the new system.
You can now get an email alert letting you know that a specific Member of Congress (from the current Congress) has either sponsored or cosponsored legislation. There will be up to one email a day that links to new sponsored and cosponsored bills. I have picked a few members from my home state of Indiana to follow.
The second type of alert, legislation, is one daily email when there is a new summary, text, cosponsor, or action on a particular bill. If you want a quick way to follow a specific piece of legislation that you heard about on the news or one from the top ten list, this new alert will be perfect for you.
The third type of alert lets you know when a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov. This is similar to one of the alerts that was available on THOMAS.
To receive any of these alerts, the first step is to create an account. It’s a quick form where you submit your email so we know where to send the alert and a password so you can modify your alerts.
You could previously use accounts for saved searches.
Sign into your account to subscribe to an alert. Simply find a member or bill that you would like to track, then select “Get alerts.” You will be asked “Receive this alert by email?” Hit confirm and that’s it!