As announced at the Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum, we are excited to bring you more full-text access to legislation in the form of the United States Statutes at Large. Twenty years of law texts, dating from 1973-1994, are now easy to access from Congress.gov. Law texts can be accessed from lists like Public Laws 103rd Congress (1993-1994) and from “Text” tabs for bills that have become law, such as H.J.Res.390, “Designating September 17, 1994, as “Constitution Day,” which became Public Law No: 103-464.
The United States Statutes at Large from the 93rd to 103rd Congresses (1973-1994) are now available on Congress.gov.
Enhancement – Legislation – Public Law Text
The addition of these public law texts, combined with our recent addition of back issues of the Bound Congressional Record, helps expand online access to historical legislative materials. Future phases of the Statutes at Large project will incorporate more historic law texts into Congress.gov, so stay tuned.
In the January release, the Congress.gov team brought you an enhancement to speed the loading of large bill texts as plain-text and new fields to search for amendments. This month, we are bringing you alerts for committee profile pages. After you click “Get alerts” on a committee profile page, you can choose to customize your […]
Last month, Andrew mentioned that the Congress.gov team had added the ability to bundle your various saved search alerts into one consolidated email. This month we are bringing you new search fields to find all amendments for a bill, resolution or amendment, and the ability to display large bill texts in plain text format to […]
Ten years ago, I wrote a post about some of the questions we typically receive at the start of a new Congress. Though it is still a helpful post (in my opinion at least), we thought it might be useful to update this information, as in 2011, we were using our now-retired legislative system, THOMAS. […]
Earlier this month, Margaret shared the enhancements to the Congress.gov Help Center and additional Congresses added to our Bound Congressional Record collection. One of the behind-the-scenes items that we worked on for the latest release was to prepare Congress.gov for the new 117th Congress. We also have been working to make our saved search alerts […]
Recently, changes made to Congress.gov have made searching for specific topics much easier. In our most recent “Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top” blog post, Robert Brammer unveiled the Congress.gov Help Center, a feature that makes the Help pages on Congress.gov searchable. To further facilitate the navigation of our resources, you can embed a Congress.gov search […]
Last month, Robert introduced us to the new Congress.gov Help Center. As part of this month’s release, we have made additional improvements to Help Center search results navigation. Now users can navigate through their search results or return to the results page. The other enhancement to the Help Center is the improved Error Message page […]
In the last release, Andrew shared that we added a video icon to search results for committee meetings that include a video, the Congress.gov Share/Save toolbar was updated, and a button was added to committee prints and committee transcripts pages to read the text from those collections to you. In this release, we are excited […]
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 […]
On September 10, 2020, the Library held its first ever Congress.gov Public Forum to update the public on the work the Library of Congress and its data partners are doing to improve access to legislative information, and more importantly, to listen to your suggestions on how we can better serve your legislative information needs. The […]