In May, Andrew highlighted the addition of the Statutes at Large from the 82nd – 92nd Congresses (1951-1972) to Congress.gov. He also mentioned that these laws did not yet have titles listed in Congress.gov, and that the titles would be added in a future release. With this release, the Congress.gov team has added the titles for this collection. This release also provides a significant enhancement to the Bound Congressional Record, which makes it more discoverable and usable. Thanks to the work of Jennifer González’s amazing Law Library interns, the Daily Digest for the Bound Congressional Record, which summarizes the day’s floor and committee actions by each chamber, is now divided up so the user can access it by day. In addition, the advanced legislation search form now allows the user to perform a date search for when a member sponsored or cosponsored a piece of legislation. The complete list of enhancements, which includes improved discoverability for related bills and executive nominations, as well as accessibility improvements, is set out below.
The advanced legislation search form now offers the ability to search for when a member sponsored or cosponsored a piece of legislation by date.
Enhancement – Legislation – Advanced Search
- Use the advanced search form to search for legislation sponsored or cosponsored by a particular member on a specific date or within a range of dates.
Enhancement – Legislation – Statutes at Large
- Titles display and are searchable for legislation from the 82nd – 92nd Congresses (1951-1972).
- Bills display a related bills tab where similar legislation has been identified.
Enhancement – Congressional Record – Bound Edition
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These were the most-viewed bills for the week of June 7, 2021:
||American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
||For the People Act of 2021
||Endless Frontier Act
||To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
||COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act
||Fire Fauci Act
||MORE Act of 2020
||American Dream and Promise Act of 2021
||COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
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