With the recent update to Congress.gov, you can now download your search results in a comma-separated value (CSV) file. This is a feature that I have heard users request almost as long as they have requested email alerts for legislation.
We have limited the number of search results that you can download from a single collection to 500. Hopefully, if you are doing a targeted search with a few filters, this will be more than enough. Our goal is to roll this out in a way that does not impact the performance of the rest of the website.
For this example, I started by clicking the magnifying glass after the main search box on Congress.gov to run a blank search. This shows thousands of results, which includes all legislation from the current congress. Then I expanded the filter “Status of Legislation” on the left side of the results and selected “Became Law.”
After selecting “Download Results,” a pop up asking “Download these search results?” appears. It also warns you that only your first 500 results will be downloaded as a CSV file. So, you might want to use a filter or two to limit the results set–if you start with a high number like I initially did.
Select “OK” and the file will download. You can then open it and see results similar to these:
If you don’t have any amendments (like I don’t here), you can delete the empty columns H, I, and J.
If you do this over time, you will see how a specific set of search results might change. In this particular sample search, there are now several more items that have become public law since I first download the search results.
Thanks for all the feedback, as it continues to help us make Congress.gov better. Please keep it coming!