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Congress.gov: New, Tip, and Top for October 2020

Last month, Robert and Margaret each shared information about the committee transcripts added to Congress.gov in the first and second set of enhancements respectively. Since Margaret’s post, we have added transcripts for the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses bringing the total up to ten Congresses for this new collection.

With this month’s release, we have added a VIDEO icon to search results for committee meetings that include a video. The Share/Save toolbar also has an updated, streamlined look. This is a quick way for you subscribe to various Congress.gov email alerts, share information to Facebook or Twitter, or provide us with feedback on the website.

VIDEO icon added to committee meetings and streamlined share/save toolbar

The ReadSpeaker Listen button is now included for the new collections added to the site, committee prints (example), and committee transcripts (example). Just click “Listen to this page” to hear the text. This feature is also available for the summary and text of legislation, the Congressional Record Daily Digest, Committee Reports, and on Help pages.

The behind-the-scenes work that took place this development cycle included preparing our Help Section to be searchable. This was first shared during the Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum that you can now watch.

New Enhancements for October

For this release the enhancements include:

Enhancement – Committee Materials – ReadSpeaker

Enhancement – Committee Meetings – Search Results

  • Committee meeting search results display a video icon for House meetings with available video.

Enhancement – Share/Save Toolbar – New Look

Enhancement – House Communications – Search Form

  • House Communications search form displays historical committee names in the selection list when previous Congresses are selected.

Enhancement – Committee Meetings – Subcommittee Filter

Search Tip

The @Congressdotgov Twitter account shared this tip recently:

Learn how to perform more complex searches with the Search Tools Page on #Congressdotgovhttps://www.congress.gov/help/search-tools-overview/

Most-Viewed Bills

All of the following items are from the current Congress. To see the Most-Viewed Bills over time, visit our Browse page.

October 11, 2020
Number in list Bill number Bill title
1. H.R.6800 The Heroes Act
2. H.R.8337 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act
3. H.R.748 CARES Act
4. H.Res.1154 Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes.
5. S.3548 CARES Act
6. S.311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
7. H.R.7120 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
8. H.R.8491 To designate the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a transnational organized crime group.
9. H.Res.109 Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
10. H.R.925 The HEROES Act

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