Washington — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-5) applaud today’s new release of bulk access to House and Senate bill status information by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress (LOC).
Leader McCarthy stated, “Today’s release of bill status information via bulk download is a watershed moment for Congressional transparency. By modernizing our approach to government and increasing public access to information, we can begin to repair the relationship between the people and their democratic institutions. The entire Congressional community applauds the dedication of the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force, the Office of the Clerk, the House Appropriations Committee, GPO, and the Library of Congress, which worked together to make this progress possible.”
Whip Hoyer stated, “Building off previous releases of bills and summaries, today’s release of bill status information largely completes the overarching goal of providing bulk access to all the legislative data that traditionally has been housed on Thomas.gov and now also resides on Congress.gov. This is a major accomplishment that has been many years in the making. It goes a long way toward making Congress more transparent and accessible to innovation through third party apps and systems. I applaud the dedicated civil servants who made this possible at the Legislative Branch service agencies, and I want to thank the Bulk Data Task Force for their leadership in this effort. While this largely completes a major goal of the Task Force, I look forward to continuing to workwith them to further modernize the U.S. Congress.”
Bill status information, which is created by Congress and the LOC, describes the activities and status steps for each legislative measure. Making this information available in XML empowers developers, both within the Congressional community and the public-at-large, to create dynamic platforms to better connect the American public with their legislative process.
For more information, visit GPO’s GitHub account for a user guide, sample files, and slides from the December 2015 Bulk Data Task Force Meeting on Bill Status. If you’re interested in seeing the data itself, head to the Bulk Data Repository. GPO’s GitHub account includes documentation about several of the services available from GPO, including the bulk data site and the API link service. For more information, visit the govinfo Developer Hub.