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Congress.gov September 2022 New, Tip, and Top – Part II

At the beginning of September, Margaret and Andrew brought us the news that the Congress.gov API is now available, providing users with convenient access to accurate and structured congressional data through a REST API organized in a hierarchical browse format.

In this release, we are adding transcripts to bills and resolutions from the 6th-10th Congresses (1799-1809) so they are searchable. Also in this release, on the advanced legislation search form, when you select, “Choose House Committees” or “Choose Senate Committees,” there is now an option to “Check All” of the committees on those pages.

You can now choose to "check all" committee on House and Senate committee pages linked from the Congress.gov advanced legislation search form.

You can now choose to “check all” committees on House and Senate committee pages linked from the Congress.gov advanced legislation search form.


Enhancement – Legislation – Search Historical Bill Text

  • Bill texts from the 6th – 10th Congress are searchable.

Enhancement – Legislation – Advanced Search

Search Tip

Try the new appropriations bill search that is linked on the Congress.gov homepage under the heading, “Bill Searches and Lists.” This search returns appropriations bills from Fiscal Year (FY)22 and FY23.

Most-Viewed Bills

The following are the most-viewed bills for the week of September 18, 2022.

1. S.4428 [117th] Taiwan Policy Act of 2022
2. H.R.5376 [117th] Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
3. H.R.1808 [117th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2022
4. H.R.8404 [117th] Respect for Marriage Act
5. H.R.82 [117th] Social Security Fairness Act of 2021
6. S.623 [117th] Sunshine Protection Act of 2021
7. S.2992 [117th] American Innovation and Choice Online Act
8. H.R.3684 [117th] Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
9. H.R.3617 [117th] Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act
10. H.R.3173 [117th] Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021

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The Wild Blue Yonder

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Collection Highlights: Simon Greenleaf and the First American Legal Citation Index

Last September, I published a post on this blog about Chancellor James Kent in which I wrote about Chancellor Kent’s role in promoting the professionalization of court reporting in America. In this post, I thought I would expand on the subject of legal research in early America by highlighting the first American author to publish […]

Celebrating 10 Years of Congress.gov

On September 19, 2012, 10 years ago today, Congress.gov was launched, providing enhanced access to federal legislative information. Congress.gov was created to replace our old THOMAS site that dated back to the 1990s. Congress.gov improved upon Thomas by adding a powerful, modern search engine for legislative information. It also took advantage of the advent of responsive web design, so it will scale to whatever device you are using, whether that is a tablet, phone, or desktop.

An Interview with Sarah Friedman, A Presidential Management Fellow at the Law Library of Congress

Today’s interview is with Sarah Friedman, a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I was always just a short drive away from the beach and many beautiful coastal New England towns. Growing up, my […]

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022: New Acquisitions

The United States has been commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month since 1968. The celebration honors the civic and cultural contributions and achievements made by our fellow Americans of Hispanic heritage, and also Mexico’s independence day (September 16) and the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. To honor these people and celebrations, […]

Law Library of Congress Report Examines Economic Espionage Laws in Selected Countries

A recently published Law Library of Congress report, Economic Espionage Laws, “addresses economic espionage laws and the regulation of fraudulent filing of corporate, import-export, and banking documentation” in sixteen countries. The report consists of a comparative summary followed by individual country surveys for sixteen countries. The countries surveyed are Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Israel, […]