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Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for July 2018

We just passed the two year anniversary of when THOMAS was retired to make way for Congress.govRobert recently shared our second set of enhancements that we had for Congress.gov in June. One area where we have focused is on enhancing committee data.  With this release we are adding a legislative interest column to the House: Legislation with Actions Related to Committees browse page and the ability to search on legislative interest from the Committees section of the Advanced Search page.

Browse list for House: Legislation with Actions Related to Committees with Legislative Interest

New Enhancements for July 2018

Here are the Congress.gov Enhancements for this release:

Enhancement – Legislation Advanced Search Form – “Legislative Interest” House Committee Activity

  • Legislative Interest, a House committee-related activity, may now be searched from the Legislation Advanced Search form.
  • To search, select the Legislative Interest checkbox from the Committees section of the form either on its own or in combination with other committee-related activity options: Any, Referred to, Hearings by, Markup by, Reported by, Reported Original Measure, or Discharged from.
  • Limit the search to one or multiple committees using the Choose House Committees or Choose Senate Committees buttons below the checkboxes.
  • Example – From the Legislation Advanced Search form, a user may retrieve 115th Congress legislation of Legislative Interest to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Enhancement – Legislation with Actions Related to House Committees Browse – “Legislative Interest” Column

  • The Legislation with Actions Related to House Committees browse report now has a column for Legislative Interest
  • Columns in the report – All Legislation, Originated, Referred, Hearings, Markups, Reported, Discharged, and Legislative Interest – each contain data for legislation on which a committee has acted. Committees only display in the report after their legislative activities have been received from the official House legislative data system. Numbers in each column link to results lists for the specified committee-related activity.
  • Example – The 113th Congress report displays 20 items of Legislative Interest to the House Homeland Security committee. Selecting the link in the Legislative Interest column displays the 20 bills in a results list.

Search Tip

Adrienne‘s tip this week is on the new Congress.gov Notifications alert:

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Top 10

What legislation are people looking at this summer?  Here are the Most-Viewed Bills for the week of July 8, 2018.  All are from the current congress.

1. H.R.4760 Securing America’s Future Act of 2018
2. H.R.5428 Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
3. H.R.5515 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
4. H.R.2 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
5. H.R.1 An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
6. H.R.299 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
7. H.R.6136 Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018
8. S.2155 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
9. H.R.38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
10. H.J.Res.69 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”.

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