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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Transition to Congress.gov

A recent press release from the Library of Congress indicates that starting November 19, the popular Thomas.gov website will redirect users to the new Congress.gov platform.  Thomas.gov will be accessible from the Congress.gov website through late 2014.  

The new Congress.gov website, the planned replacement for Thomas.gov for finding legislative information, was released as a beta version in 2012 with limited content.  Although not all of the Thomas.gov content has been transferred over, during the last year they have continued to add additional content, including the text of legislation back to 1993 and the Congressional Record back to 1995.  For a list of content and coverage dates, see the Congress.gov and Thomas.gov comparison chart.

In addition to providing the text of legislation, the website also contains important information about each piece of legislation such as bill summary and status, the text of various versions of the bill, a list of actions taken on the bill (with links to the Congressional Record), and information about cosponsors.  For example, see the page for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. 

For more information about Congress.gov and how to search for information, see the About and Search Tips pages.

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