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Congress.gov May 2021 New, Tip and Top

Last month, Robert publicized the addition of historic materials to Congress.gov, including the bound Congressional Record going back to 1951 and the Statutes at Large back to 1973. This month, we are very happy to be introducing a citation tool for Congress.gov users. Over the years, many of our patrons have asked for citation information and with this new functionality, users will be able to cite any page in Congress.gov, employing one of several different recognized citation formats.

Users can access the link to the citation tool at the top of the page, just below the search box:

Link to citation tool under the search box.

This tool makes it easy to copy and paste a citation in one of the four standard citation formats, including Bluebook, APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style).

Citation formats for Congress.gov pages.

Enhancements

Enhancement – Members – Contact Info

  • “Find your member” search results include each member’s address and phone number.

Enhancement – Committee Meetings – Sort Options

Committee meeting search results can be sorted by hearing numbers in addition to meeting date and relevancy for keyword searches.

Search Tip

Explore the nine videos which explain the legislative process in the U.S. Congress. A transcript is also provided for each video along with a diagram of the process.

Most-Viewed Bills

These are the most-viewed bills for the week of April 25, 2021.

1. H.R.7120 [116th] George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
2. H.R.1319 [117th] American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
3. S.937 [117th] COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
4. H.R.51 [117th] Washington, D.C. Admission Act
5. H.R.1 [117th] For the People Act of 2021
6. H.R.1280 [117th] George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021
7. S.Amdt.1456 [117th] S.Amdt.1456 to S.Amdt.1445
8. H.R.127 [117th] Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act
9. H.R.5 [117th] Equality Act
10. H.R.6721 [116th] COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

 

Explore Congressional Reactions to Historic Events on Congress.gov

The Congress.gov team has received feedback requesting that we add content from prior congresses to the Congressional Record and public law text collections. We are pleased to announce that we have made substantial progress on this request. The Bound Congressional Record collection now goes back to the 82nd Congress (1951-1953) and the full text of […]

What’s new in Congress.gov? Spring 2021 Edition

Most of our Congress.gov posts focus on the enhancements which are part of our three week sprint cycles by which we release new material and upgrades to Congress.gov. However, sometimes I like to take a longer look back at the work we have done and provide a bigger snapshot of the Congress.gov enhancements. At the […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for March 2021, Part 1

Last month, Robert provided news of two enhancements to Congress.gov. The first involved new email alerts for committee profile pages. The second was the addition of 21 years of U.S. Statutes at Large to Congress.gov, which can be accessed through the text tab for bills that became public laws in this time period. As part […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for January 2021

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 […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top 20 in 2020

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 […]

How to Add Congress.gov to your Website

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 […]