New perks on Congress.gov

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As of Feb. 20, the Web portal succeeding THOMAS.gov is displaying new features among its repertoire.

Congress.gov, which is still in its beta stage, now offers an advanced search option that allows users to choose from 22 legislative data fields. The search will support grouped and/or/not fielded searches and integrate the advanced search into the regular search tab, according to the Congress.gov website.

Congress.gov also added a browsing feature where users can look through lists of laws, bills, resolutions and amendments by subject, vetoed legislation and legislation with committee or conference reports.

Congress.gov also made a few improvements including better labeling for readability and small editing changes.

On Nov. 19, 2013 the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the House and Senate, officially replaced the almost 20-year-old THOMAS.gov with Congress.gov.

The site is more intuitive and accessible than its predecessor and is compatible with smartphones.

The site will continue to incorporate all of THOMAS.gov’s information as the year progresses. It will also add new more features like video, committee profile pages and links to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

THOMAS.gov, which was created in 1995, averaged about 10 million users a year.

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