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The Congress.gov Top 16 in 2016

This has been an exciting year working on Congress.gov.  In April we announced that THOMAS would be retired on July 5, which is when we officially pulled the plug.  Congress.gov matured over the year with new advanced ways to search the system and a variety of email alerts for tracking what is happening in Congress.

Capitol Building from the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Photo by Andrew Weber

The view of the Capitol Building from the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Photo by Andrew Weber

We blogged about a number of enhancements and helpful items in 2016 including:

Traffic to Congress.gov continues to increase, with page views jumping more than 20% over 2015.  Continuing the trend of 13 in 201314 in 2014, and 15 in 2015 on Congress.gov, here are the top 16 most-viewed viewed bills and resolutions in 2016.

  1. H.R.4269 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2015
  2. H.R.2029 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 [Became Law]
  3. H.R.3799 – Hearing Protection Act of 2015
  4. H.R.1314 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 [Became Law]
  5. H.R.213 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015
  6. S.2040 – Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act [Became Law]
  7. H.R.6 – 21st Century Cures Act
  8. H.Res.569 – Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.
  9. S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 [To President]
  10. H.R.2802 – First Amendment Defense Act
  11. S.524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 [Became Law]
  12. H.R.1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
  13. S.2012 – North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016
  14. S.1177 – Every Student Succeeds Act [Became Law]
  15. H.R.711 – Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015
  16. H.R.2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016

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