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Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for October 2018

We have had a busy month.  Dr. Hayden recently blogged about the CRS reports website.  Robert shared the news about our enhanced Congress.gov saved search email alerts.  He also posted about the new experimental Congress.gov Chrome browser extension.

What’s new to Congress.gov in October?

New Enhancements for October 2018

For this release the Congress.gov Enhancements include:

Advanced Legislation Search Committee Selection with Committee Name Changes

Enhancement – Advanced Legislation Search – Committee selection pages list all names

Enhancement – Search Results Navigation – Page through all amendments for a specific bill

  • From the Amendments tab of a bill with more than one amendment (for example, HR2810), click on an amendment in the list to see the full amendment record.
  • Use arrows to move to next or previous amendment without needing to return to the list.
  • Use Back to Amendments link to return to the list on the amendments tab of the bill.

Enhancement – Congressional Record Index Navigation – Page through all entries

  • Use arrows to move to next or previous entry in the Congressional Record index without needing to return to the main index page.
  • Use Back to Results link to return to your search results, or to the main index page if you are browsing.

Browse Actions and Cosponsors by Date

New – Actions and Cosponsors by Date – Browse page lists newly added information

  • Find it on the Browse list under Legislation by Number.
  • Click on totals in each cell to see legislation with newly added information.

Search Tip

The following is Adrienne’s tip on how to Filter Search Results with Policy Terms:

Legislative analysts from the Congressional Research Service assign one of 32 policy area terms to every public bill and resolution on Congress.gov. You can use the Subject – Policy Area filter to quickly refine your Congress.gov search results by these policy terms, displaying items that pertain only to a certain subject.

Note that the Subject – Policy Area filter can be selected from any Congress.gov search results list and from Member profiles. The image below demonstrates how to use the filter on Senator Robert C. Byrd’s profile page to view health-related legislation that he sponsored or cosponsored.

Top 10

Below are the Most-Viewed Bills for the week of September 30, 2018.  All are from the current Congress.

1. H.R.6157 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
2. H.R.5428 Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
3. H.R.610 To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.
4. H.R.6 SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
5. H.R.392 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
6. H.R.5895 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
7. H.R.4 FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
8. H.R.5515 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
9. 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.
10. H.R.38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

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