One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on Congress.gov.
1. Visit a member profile page
Locate a member you are interested in and open their member profile page. Next, you can use the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results. For example, if you are only interested in legislation that the member sponsored or cosponsored in the 115th Congress, under “Congress”, click on “115”. You can also use the filters in combination with one another to further narrow down your results.
If you are looking at a member profile page for a current member of Congress, note that you can click “get alerts” at the top, left-hand side of the screen to sign up to receive an email each time that member sponsors or cosponsors legislation.
2. Use the House and Senate Sponsors and Cosponsors Browse Page
Underneath the global search box on the homepage, you will see a heading that says “bill searches and lists”. Next to “By Sponsor”, you can choose House or Senate. On the next screen, select a Congress. Next, locate the first letter of the member’s last name, click on it, and locate the member in the list. This list allows you to browse the number of bills and amendments a member has sponsored or cosponsored in a table format. It also allows you to click on arrows to sort your results. For example, under the column for the member’s name, you can click on the arrows to sort the names in ascending or descending alphabetical order. You can then click on the hyperlinked number in a column of interest to retrieve those results.
3. Locate legislation two members have cosponsored together
You can also use Congress.gov to locate legislation two members have cosponsored using the query builder advanced search form. For example, the search below will return the legislation cosponsored by both Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer.
We hope this was helpful. Please be sure to leave us feedback about the features you would like to see added to Congress.gov.