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The 2023 Congress.gov Top 23 and Year in Review

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A lot has happened on Congress.gov since the 2022 year in review. We started the year off in January by adding “Remarks in the Congressional Record” to the Member Activity filter from a Member’s profile page, which was soon followed by updating our Member alerts to also include the option to have the remarks in your email.

We also continued to add to the Bound Congressional Record collection on Congress.gov. We now have the Bound Congressional Record on Congress.gov going back to when it started in 1873 with the 43rd Congress. In June, we added bill sponsors as an option to committee profile alerts and also added the option to include the number of related bills when downloading legislation search results.

The following month, we added alerts for actions on treaty documents. Before summer ended, we added Browse pages all the way back to the 1st Congress and on the 1st through 18th Congresses included PDFs of the Annals of Congress to the Debates of Congress section. In the 6th through 42nd Congresses, we added links to the House or Senate Historical bill texts in the Legislative Documents section of the Browse pages.

In September the Library of Congress hosted the 2023 Congress.gov Public Forum. In the 2022 forum, we announced the new Congress.gov API in beta. For the 2023 forum, Andrew Reiter announced the API was no longer in beta after a lot of feedback and enhancements to it over the year.

In October, more of the Century of Lawmaking content migrated in PDF to Congress.gov. From the Browse page in the Congressional Activity section, there are now links to historical House Journal (1789-1817), Senate Journal (1789-1817), and Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875) PDFs. We wrapped up the year with a release in December where we added, among other things, a new Committee Meetings by Date report to the Committee section of the Browse page.

a photo looking up at the dome of the Capitol Building
Looking up towards the dome of the Capitol Building. Photo by Andrew Weber.

Top 23 Most-Viewed Bills in 2023

We share the most-viewed bills on Congress.gov each week. It has been an annual tradition to share the previous most-viewed bill lists. To see how they have changed over time, see the previous posts from 20132014201520162017201820192020, 2021, and 2022. For those items that became law, I have added a notation after the title.

  1. S.686 [118th] – RESTRICT Act
  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. H.R.2617 [117th] – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
  4. S.596 [117th] – Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021  [Became Law]
  5. H.R.5376 [117th] – Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 [Became Law]
  6. H.R.82 [118th] – Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
  7. H.R.2670 [118th] – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 [Became Law]
  8. H.R.25 [118th] – FairTax Act of 2023
  9. S.1409 [118th] – Kids Online Safety Act
  10. H.R.3684 [117th] – Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act [Became Law]
  11. S.1323 [118th] – SAFE Banking Act of 2023
  12. H.Res.503 [118th] – Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  13. S.623 [117th] – Sunshine Protection Act of 2021
  14. H.R.3746 [118th] – Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 [Became Law]
  15. S.2226 [118th] – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
  16. H.R.1636 [117th] – Postal Vehicle Modernization Act
  17. S.2881 [116th] – 5G Spectrum Act of 2019
  18. H.Res.202 [117th] – Expressing support for the need for a replacement fleet that meets the climate goals of the United States, protects critical supply chains, and promotes a cleaner, more stable future for a burgeoning 21st century domestic vehicle industry.
  19. S.3961 [117th] – Access to Small Business Investor Capital Act
  20. H.J.Res.18 [118th] – AUMF CARTEL Influence Resolution
  21. H.R.7776 [117th] – James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 [Became Law]
  22. H.R.7900 [117th] – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023
  23. H.R.2811 [118th] – Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023

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