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Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for April 2018, Part 2

Robert shared the news about our first release in April, which included enhancing the search result sorting.  With this release, we add some additional new features for alerts, such as the ability to edit and change your saved search.  One goal we have is to provide you with timely legislative information.  Another alert enhancement is that rather than just the alerts in the morning, there will also be an afternoon alert if anything has been updated since your morning alert.

You will find a detailed list of all of the updates from Congress.gov Enhancements:

New Enhancements for April 2018, Part 2

Enhancement – Search Alert Project

The Search Alert Project is a multi-phase project to enhance Congress.gov saved search alert functionality to include features of LIS.gov alert functionality, in preparation for LIS.gov retirement.

  • Congress.gov account holders who have subscribed to alerts for saved searches now receive alert emails in the afternoon in addition to the morning.
    • Afternoon alerts detail changes to saved search results since the morning alerts. They do not duplicate information sent in the morning.
  • On Congress.gov account Saved Searches pages, searches now appear with an Edit Search option in addition to previously available options such as Run Search, Delete Search, and Get Alerts.
    • Selecting Edit Search displays the search criteria in the search form from which the search was saved.
    • For searches saved from the global search, Edit Search displays the search criteria in the search bar.
    • Users may edit search criteria and save to overwrite and update a saved search.

Enhancement – Filter and Sort Legislation Text Search Results

  • Users may filter and sort search results retrieved using the Legislation Text search form with the “Allow quotes and Boolean operators” option selected.
    • Users may filter results by Congress, Bill Text Type, and Chamber of Origin.
    • Users may sort results by Relevancy, Date, Bill Number – Ascending, and Bill Number – Descending.
  • Examples –

Search Tip

Adrienne recently shared the following tip, Inactive Committee Profile Pages:

As part of the most recent Congress.gov releaseinactive congressional committee profile pages show a committee’s status as Terminated and the years when a committee was active.

For example, see the House Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007 (active from 2007 to 2008), and the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences (active from 1958 to 1977).

Visit the Committee Name History finding aid for links to the profile pages of additional inactive committees that interact with Congress.gov data sets.

Inactive Committee Profile Pages

Inactive Committee Profile Pages

Top 10

Below are the Most-Viewed Bills for April 15, 2018.  All are from the current Congress.

1. H.R.1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017
2. H.R.5428 Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
3. H.R.5087 Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
4. H.Res.128 Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.
5. H.R.5404 To define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold.
6. H.R.1  An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
7. H.R.1625 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
8. H.R.38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
9. H.J.Res.2 Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
10. H.R.2520 BROWSER Act of 2017

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