Top of page New, Tip, and Top – August 2023, Part 2

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Earlier this month, Andrew shared that we now have Browse pages dating back to the first Congress. Also, on the Debates of Congress section from the 1st through 18th Congresses, you can now access PDFs of the Annals of Congress.

In this release, you will now find search bar suggestions in the global search box when you search across all Congresses, or when you search the Legislation or Congressional Record collections. In addition, historical bills and resolutions, dating from 1799-1873 (6th-42 Congresses), are now available on the browse page on


The latest enhancements include:

Enhancement – Browse – Historical Congresses

  • Open the Legislative Documents accordion on the Browse page for any Congress from the 6th through the 42nd to link to House or Senate historical bill texts.

Enhancement – Search Bar – Suggestions

  • When using the search bar for All Congresses, Legislation or Congressional Record, you are presented with other slices of the collection you may wish to search.
  • For example, you have the option to narrow a Congressional Record search to only the Daily Edition. Tip

Since the Bound Congressional Record on now provides coverage dating back to December of 1873, I decided to take another look back at Congressional reactions to a historic event in American history, this time the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912, and sank on April 15, 1912. Kelly had previously written about the regulations and requirements that related to the safety equipment on board that contributed to the tragedy of the Titanic and Susan wrote about lawsuits that followed the disaster.

I decided to search the Bound Congressional Record, so I went to the homepage, selected the “Congressional Record” in the dropdown menu, entered the search term “Titanic,” and on the results screen, clicked “show keywords in context.” Show keywords in context displays a snippet of the text where your result appears so you can quickly decide whether or not it is relevant to you. I then selected the 62nd Congress under the “Congress” filter, since that includes 1911-1913. There were many results to choose from. I then decided to try to find one of the first reactions, so I sorted by issue date from oldest to newest. I then selected a result for April 16, 1912. Rep. Austin discussed H.Res. 496, in which the House expressed its sorrow for those who lost their lives on the Titanic.

Screenshot of H.Res. 496 from the 62nd Congress.
Screenshot of H.Res. 496 from the 62nd Congress.

Another approach to access this information in the Congressional Record would be to browse it by date.

Most-Viewed Bills

The most-viewed bills for the week of August 20, 2023 are as follows:

1. H.R.25 [118th] FairTax Act of 2023
2. H.Res.57 [117th] Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States, for abuse of power by enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.
3. S.1409 [118th] Kids Online Safety Act
4. H.R.2670 [118th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
5. S.2226 [118th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
6. H.R.82 [118th] Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
7. H.Res.503 [118th] Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
8. S.596 [117th] Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021
9. S.1323 [118th] SAFE Banking Act of 2023
10. H.R.2617 [117th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023

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Comments (2)

  1. The new suggestions may be causing a new problem. Pages loading with long search text now have the suggestions popping up and stepping on the content of the page.

    A page refresh fixes it, but the cursor is still already blinking in the box ready to step on the content again.

    • Thanks. I will pass this along to our developers.

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