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Congress.gov January 2022 New, Tip, and Top

In November 2021, Andrew brought us news of appropriation email alerts, allowing you to receive an email each time new appropriation measures are considered by Congress. In December 2021, Margaret mentioned that the Congress.gov team added content for the Bound Congressional Record dating all the way back to 1899.

Since so much important work in Congress is undertaken in committees, with this month’s release we are excited to bring you committee hearing transcripts dating back to the 103rd Congress (1993). When a committee meeting has a transcript available, you will see “transcript available” to the right of the title of the meeting in your search results. We have also added a “no results” message when you perform a search that produces no results, so you know that you need to edit your search terms, and the message offers tips on how to improve your search.

Committee Hearing Transcripts are available on Congress.gov. When available, a committee meeting will have "transcript available" to the right of the title.

Committee meeting transcripts are available on Congress.gov dating back to the 103rd Congress (1993).

Please find the complete list of enhancements below.


Enhancement – Committee Meetings – Hearing Transcripts

Enhancement – Search – Redesigned No Results Page

  • When your search yields no results, choose from an improved list of suggestions to edit your query and find what you need.
  • Use the Help links to learn more ways to locate information on Congress.gov.

Congress.gov Tip

Start the new year with a quick refresher on the legislative process on Congress.gov.

Most-Viewed Bills

The following is the most-viewed bills list for the week of January 9, 2022:

1. H.R.1319 [117th] American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
2. H.R.3684 [117th] Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
3. H.R.4350 [117th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022
4. H.R.5376 [117th] Build Back Better Act
5. S.1605 [117th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022
6. S.2747 [117th] Freedom to Vote Act
7. H.R.4 [117th] John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021
8. H.R.4980 [117th] To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes.
9. H.R.1 [117th] For the People Act of 2021
10. H.R.1996 [117th] SAFE Banking Act of 2021


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New Report on the “Lifecycle of Parliamentary Documents” Published

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Introducing the Report on Turkish Presidential Decrees

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Upcoming US Law Webinars – February 2022

Next month, the Law Library of Congress will present a webinar on U.S. federal statutes. This webinar will provide an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions. Also in February, Law Library staff will host a […]