The Library of Congress has retired the THOMAS legislative information service and replaced it with Congress.gov. The new portal is more up-to-date technology-wise (including responsive design, so it works on any size device), and has more features that make it useful for teachers.
Among those features are:
- Congressional Record
- refined searches
- status of legislation tracker
- downloadable xml bulk data on bill status
- committee hearings and reports
- legislative and member email alerts
- executive communications
- status of nominations
- text of treaties
- video integration
- member pages
This last feature is really great, because Congress.gov has information on past members as well as current ones, lists of legislation sponsored and cosponsored (and how far they got in the journey to become law), and biographies. If you’re looking for congressional documents from the first 100 years of the U.S. Congress (1774-1875), they can be accessed through A Century of Lawmaking.
Have more questions? See the Congress.gov FAQ section here https://www.congress.gov/help/faq#overview
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