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New Committee Hearing Transcripts on Congress.gov: New, Tip, and Top for September 2020

We want to hear from you! Your feedback is critical to the development of new features on Congress.gov. We hope you will join us for the Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum today at 10 a.m. EDT. Also, please take a moment to fill out this feedback form to let us know how we can better meet your legislative information needs.

In August, we added the Bound Congressional Record for 1983-1994 to Congress.gov. This month we are excited to begin adding committee hearing transcripts to Congress.gov. The first batch includes transcripts for hearings from the 115th and 116th Congresses. The Senate Communications search form now displays historical committee names in the selection list when previous Congresses are selected. In the footer, you will find a link to our revamped Ask A Librarian service, where you can seek assistance with your Congress.gov research and legal reference questions. We have also added a link to the Congressional Web Archive in the footer, an archive that consists of congressional websites dating back to the 107th Congress (2001). You can now use ReadSpeaker to listen to the text of a committee report, and you can also download the audio file of that report. We have also made it easier to link to Congressional Budget Office reports of cost estimates and some committee profile pages now contain historical notes about that committee. You can read the full list of enhancements below.

Committee hearing transcripts are not available on Congress.gov.

Committee hearing transcripts are now available on Congress.gov.


New – Committee Meetings – Hearing Transcripts

Enhancement – Senate Communications – Search Form

  • Senate Communications search form displays historical committee names in the selection list when previous Congresses are selected.

Enhancement – Congress.gov – Footer Links

Enhancement – Committee Reports – ReadSpeaker

  • Download an audio file to listen to the text of a committee report at your convenience.

Enhancement – CBO Cost Estimates – Improved Display

  • Style improvements make it easier to link to each Congressional Budget Office cost estimate.

Enhancement – Committee Profiles – Historical Notes

  • Notes may be displayed on a committee profile to provide information about the committee’s history.

Enhancement – Account Management

Search Tip

Constitution Day is coming up on September 17th! We hope you can join us for our Constitution Day event, where Michael J. Murphy, a historical publications specialist from the Office of the Historian for the U.S. House of Representatives, will discuss the lives of the first African American congressmen. Constitution Day is also a great time to explore the Constitution AnnotatedThis site, created by the Congressional Research Service, provides articles on U.S. constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them.

Most-Viewed Bills 

These are the most-viewed bills for the week of August 30th, 2020. All of these bills are from the 116th Congress.

1. S.311  Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
2. H.R.5717 Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020
3. H.R.6800 The Heroes Act
4. H.R.5383 New Way Forward Act
5. H.R.748  CARES Act
6. H.R.6666 COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act
7. H.R.8015 Delivering for America Act
8. H.R.7120 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
9. S.3548 CARES Act
10. H.R.8089 Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act


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