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Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for January 2020, Part 2

Earlier this month, Andrew brought us news that Congress.gov now allows for deep linking, so instead of just linking to the top page of a bill in Congress.gov, you can link to a specific section you want to share. In our second enhancement this month, we are adding sponsorship information to saved search alerts for legislation.

Sponsorship information has been added to saved search alerts for legislation on Congress.gov.

Sponsorship information has been added to saved search alerts for legislation on Congress.gov.

Enhancements

Enhancement – Saved Search Alerts – Legislation

  • Alerts on saved searches list the sponsor for new and updated legislation included in the alert email.

Search Tip

Legislation Search – Advanced Search Form – Committee History

On the Advanced Legislation Search form, Committee Selection pages display committee name changes for past Congresses.

Most-viewed Bills

Here are the most-viewed bills for the week of January 12th. All of these bills are from the 116th Congress.

1. H.R.1865  Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020
2. H.Con.Res.83  Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.
3. S.1790  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
4. H.R.1994  Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019
5. H.R.2500  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
6. H.R.535  PFAS Action Act of 2019
7. H.R.1158  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020
8. S.386  Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
9. H.Res.781  Providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 83) directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.
10. H.R.1044  Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for December 2019

Back in November, Andrew shared that withdrawn cosponsors are now displayed on Senate Amendments in Congress.gov. The November release also brought improvements to the accessibility of search results for patrons using screen readers.  With our December release, the addition of next and previous arrows improves navigation between committee hearing detail pages. In addition, the compact view […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for November 2019

Last month Margaret shared the update to our Committee Profile pages that added new links to our Committee Schedule.  This was one in a series of improvements surrounding the Committee Schedule that first launched in January.  We added the next three scheduled hearings to the homepage, links from the hearing pages to the legislation or […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for October 2019

Robert brought us the last Congress.gov update in late September.  That update included new enhancements to the Congressional Committee Schedule page.  Legislation pages now link an associated committee’s meeting pages from the overview box. In response to user requests, the weekly Committee Schedule now has a compact/expanded view option. Chamber of Origin, House, Senate, and Joint […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for September 2019, Part 2

Andrew brought us the last Congress.gov update at the beginning of September. That update included the ability to search the Committee Schedule from the global “All Sources” search option, a new look for the appropriations table, and the addition of Law Library of Congress reports to the homepage. With this release, we are bringing you more […]

The Constitution Annotated Is Now Easier to Search and Browse

Constitution Day is tomorrow, but it’s already off to a great start with the release of the Congressional Research Service’s new version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, better known as the Constitution Annotated. The Constitution Annotated allows you to “read about the Constitution in plain English…providing a comprehensive overview […]

Searching the Committee Schedule: Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for September 2019

One of the new features to Congress.gov that we have been refining this year is the Committee Schedule, which “combines announcements about future House and Senate committee meetings and hearings for the selected week.” Robert announced its launch in January.  Since then, we have added indicators for rescheduled and postponed meetings, upcoming meetings to the […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for July, Part 2

Earlier this month, Margaret highlighted the new addition to the Committee Schedule, which shows, under Supporting Documentation, any related metadata, links to legislation, treaties, or nominations. Today’s release continues to refine the Committee Schedule. Enhancements for July 2019, Part 1 Enhancement – Committee Schedule – Weekly View Committee Schedule weekly view includes a calendar-based date picker […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for July, Part 1

Last month Robert provided information about the June update to Congress.gov, which provided an enhancement for the display of errata associated with committee reports. This month’s first release includes an enhancement to the Committee Schedule detail pages display, providing supporting documentation when available. Enhancements for July 2019, Part 1 This release also includes page navigation, which […]