Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. It currently includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications. These data sets will be added throughout 2014. Until that time they are still accessible through THOMAS.gov via the link below. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.
To access THOMAS.gov, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The THOMAS.gov home page has redirected me here. Is THOMAS gone?
No. THOMAS.gov is still accessible through the link above until the end of 2014. The following urls now direct visitors as follows:
- Thomas.loc.gov directs visitors to Congress.gov, and
- www.thomas.gov directs visitors to Congress.gov.
What about other THOMAS links that I have previously saved?
Only the urls listed above have been redirected to Congress.gov. Previous links you may have saved to internal pages of the THOMAS.gov site will still work until the system is retired at the end of 2014.
Why is the url I have been directed to beta.congress.gov?
Congress.gov was launched as a beta site and remains a beta site until the transition is complete at the end of 2014 and THOMAS.gov is completely retired. If you type Congress.gov into your browser it redirects to beta.congress.gov. Beta.congress.gov will redirect to Congress.gov at the end of 2014 when the transition is complete, so links to that home page url will not be impacted.
I follow @THOMASdotgov on Twitter. Do I need to take any action to continue receiving this information via Twitter?
No. If you were a @THOMASdotgov Twitter follower before November 19, 2013, you will automatically be redirected to the @Congressdotgov Twitter feed.
Where can I learn how to use Congress.gov?
If you are unfamiliar with the new system or want to learn more, Congress.gov online trainings are available:
- January 16
- March 11
- May 15
Click here to register.
What are the most recent enhancements to Congress.gov?
Congress.gov has undergone a series of updates since its release in September 2012.
What legislative information is on Congress.gov?
Each piece of legislation has a landing page with tabs to help users find key information for the bill. Tabs take users to the following information: summary, major actions, titles, amendments, cosponsors, committees, and related bills.
The actions, amendments and cosponsors information for a bill can be filtered by useful criteria such as major actions, votes, amendment status, and cosponsor state and party.
The Congressional Record
The Congressional Record, a substantially verbatim account of remarks made during the proceedings of the House and Senate, is available from 1995 with the beginning of the 104th Congress. The Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes new issues of the Congressional Record daily and transmits each new issue to the Library of Congress overnight. A new issue becomes available on Congress.gov the following morning.
The Congressional Record page defaults to the most recent issue with the tab for the Daily Digest selected and displayed below. There are tabs for all of the sections that were printed on that day. Additionally, you can search the Congressional Record from this page or find an issue by date or year and page number. When searching all sources on Congress.gov, the Congressional Record will be included in search results with legislation and Members of Congress.
Committees are panels with members from the House or Senate tasked with conducting hearings, examining and developing legislation, conducting oversight, and/or helping manage chamber business and activities. A Committees Landing page is available that lists general information about Committees. All House and Senate committees for the current Congress are available with links to specific Committee pages.
Each Committee page includes an overview section which lists legislation recently considered by the committee, as well as links to meeting schedules, live video (House committees only), and the official committee website. A result listing in the lower half of the page offers faceted searching targeted to legislation and reports associated with the committee.
Committee Reports were added and date back to 1995 with the beginning of the 104th Congress. Committee Reports are available for global search with facets available for Congress, Chamber, and Committee. A Committee Reports landing page provides an overview section with a report-lookup tool by report type and citation number. The result listing appears in the lower half of the landing page and offers faceted searching targeted to Committee Reports, including a report type facet, and a conference report facet.
Committee Report detail pages display single and multi-part reports with sidebars that include links to related reports, a link to the Committee Reports landing page, and a list of other bills referenced in the report. Navigational display appears for multiple-part reports and links to PDF versions of the report text.
Executive reports are not included at this time but will appear when treaty data is imported in a future release.
Profiles of Members of Congress
All Members since 1973 and some members from 1947-1972 can be filtered by state, Congress, House or Senate, party, or Members currently serving.
Member landing pages include a picture (when available), biography, years and Congresses served, the Member's state and district (Representatives only), party history, Member website link, and other key data.
Additionally, a display of the legislation sponsored or cosponsored follows each Member's landing page.
The Legislative Process
Designed for the general public, this section contains fun and educational videos that provide a basic outline of the steps involved in the legislative process. These videos include: overview of the legislative process; introduction and referral of a bill; committee consideration; calendars and scheduling; House floor; Senate floor; executive business in the Senate; bicameral resolution; and presidential action.
THOMAS.gov is the original website created by the Library of Congress to provide complete legislative information from the United States Congress.
As the Congress.gov project progresses, all of the information on THOMAS.gov will be integrated into the beta site.
Check Out Member Profiles
Not available on THOMAS.gov, profiles for Members of Congress are featured on the beta site.
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