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Congress.gov Quick Start Guide

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FIND A BILL

Search for bills and resolutions by number or keyword.

  • Type a word or phrase into the Words & Phrases box. Use AND, OR and NOT to connect search terms.
  • Enter a bill, resolution or law number in the Legislation and Law Numbers box. Click on Search or press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Use the Search Tools link at the top of the page to find number formats and other search connectors.
  • Click on the Reset button to clear the form and start a new search.
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MODIFY YOUR SEARCH

Homepage search form defaults to collections from the current Congress.

  • Use the drop-down menu to expand your search to all congresses or specific collections.
  • From the search results page, click on MORE OPTIONS to modify your search parameters.
  • Narrow your search by using the filters and selecting additional search constraints.
  • Choose a different way to sort your results from the Sort by menu.
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FOLLOW CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Find out about Congressional activities.

  • Easy access from the home page.
  • See when each chamber is in session.
  • Watch live floor proceedings.
  • View committee schedules.
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds for Most-Viewed Bills, On the House Floor Today, On the Senate Floor today and more.
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SAVE YOUR SEARCHES AND GET ALERTS

Set up an account to save search queries and set up email alerts.

  • From Sign In link in the right top corner of any page, select Create an account for a one-time set up of your account.
  • Sign in with your email and password.
  • Select Save this Search from any search results page.
  • Select Get Alerts from the saved search confirmation popover to receive an email when your search results change.
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GET COMMITTEE SCHEDULE ALERTS

View and set up weekly email alerts for upcoming House and Senate committee meetings and hearings

  • Visit the Committee Schedule in either the Daily View or Weekly View to see committee meetings.
  • Sign in with your email and password.
  • Select Get Weekly Alerts.
  • Select Confirm and OK from the confirmation popover to receive an email every Monday with the updated committee schedule for that week.
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READ THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Link to the Congressional Record home page from the header or footer of any page.

  • Daily Digest of the most recent issue is displayed. Tabs go to the other sections.
  • Select Entire Issue (PDF) for a display formatted like the print copy.
  • Find older issues by selecting a date from the calendar or Browse by Date to see all issues and sections in order.
  • Get alerts to be notified when today’s issue is available.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT CONGRESS.GOV

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