Library of Congress Launches New Congress.gov

The Library of Congress today unveiled beta.Congress.gov, a robust “new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information.” Congress.gov is the successor to the THOMAS system and the Legislative Information System (LIS). Here’s what people are saying about the new site:

  • “sleeker, more intuitive and user-friendly” – Sunlight
  • “includes common-sense, SEO-friendly, permanent URLs” – Washington Post
  • “incorporates user-friendly features like permanent Web addresses, Boolean search and a mobile platform” – New York Times
  • “a dramatically overhauled search engine, which allows users to search across numerous years” – The Hill
  • “search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing will be able to easily retrieve information from the site” – Associated Press
  • “a dramatic update to a site that desperately needed one” – O’Reilly

House leaders are committed to using technology to make Congress more open and accountable, and the Library’s new Congress.gov is a great example of that commitment in action. In the 112th Congress alone, the House has begun posting legislative documents online in machine-readable formats on docs.House.gov; the House floor, committee hearings, and Speaker events are now streamed live online; mobile apps (here and here) make Congressional information more accessible; and more.

And in June, the House voted to create a Legislative Data Task Force to “expedite the process” of providing “bulk access to legislative information to the American people without further delay.”

You can read the Library’s official announcement here and their blog post here, and can also provide feedback and ideas for the new site here.


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