Refining with Facets

Refine a Search with Facets

Facets are a convenient way to refine your search results. A facet represents a particular data field and displays all the values contained in that field.

Using Facets

Facets are displayed on the left side of your search results list. Numbers next to each facet value represent the number of matching results within your results set. Use the + or - widget next to each facet heading to expand or collapse the list of facet values. Select a facet value to limit your search results to only items containing that value.

For example, select Joint Resolutions under Bill Type to limit your results to joint resolutions only. An X next to a facet value indicates your search has been limited. Click on the X to remove the limit and to restore results for all values.

Some facets, such as Congress, allow you to select more than one value using the checkboxes on the left. You can check as many facet values as you would like to include in your search. Click on Show More to expand a long list of facet values.

Facets are available for Legislation, Committee Reports, Congressional Record, Member profiles, and Nominations collections.

Legislation Facets

Bill Type

Use the Bill Type facet to limit your results to one of the following types:

  • Bills (H.R. or S.)
  • Amendments (H. Amdt. or S. Amdt.)
  • Resolutions (H. Res. or S. Res.)
  • Joint Resolutions (H.J.Res. or S.J.Res.)
  • Concurrent Resolutions (H.Con.Res. or S.Con.Res.)

Chamber

Use the Chamber facet to limit your results to legislation originated in the House or Senate.

Committee

Use the Committee facet to limit your results to legislation associated with a particular House or Senate committee.

Congress

Use the Congress facet to limit your results to one or more Congresses by checking each Congress of interest.

Cosponsor

A cosponsor is a Member of Congress who has joined one or more other Members in his or her chamber (House or Senate) to sponsor a bill or amendment. Any number of Members may cosponsor a bill.

Use the Cosponsor facet to limit your results to legislation cosponsored by a particular member.

Party

Use the Party facet to limit your results to legislation sponsored by a Member from a particular party.

A sponsor is a Member of Congress who introduces a bill or other measure. A bill can have only one sponsor.

Use the Sponsor facet to limit your results to legislation sponsored by a particular Member.

Status of Legislation

Use the Status of Legislation facet to limit your results to legislation that has reached a particular stage in the legislative process. Possible values are:

  • Introduced
  • Committee Consideration
  • Floor Consideration
  • Failed One Chamber
  • Passed One Chamber
  • Passed Both Chambers
  • Resolving Differences
  • To President
  • Became Law

Subject - Policy Area

Use the Subject - Policy Area facet to limit your search results to legislation that is primarily about a particular subject matter. There are 33 policy areas.

Committee Report Facets

Chamber

Use the Chamber facet to limit your results to reports by the House or Senate.

Committee

Use the Committee facet to limit your results to legislation associated with a particular House or Senate committee.

Congress

Use the Congress facet to limit your results to one or more Congresses by checking each Congress of interest.

Report Type

Use the Report Type facet to limit your results to House or Senate reports. Use the Conference Reports Only checkbox to limit your results to conference reports.

Congressional Record Facets

Congress

Use the Congress facet to limit your results to one or more Congresses by checking each Congress of interest.

Chamber

Use the Chamber facet to limit your results to the House or Senate sections of the Congressional Record, including Extensions of Remarks.

Member Remarks in the Congressional Record

Use the Member Remarks facet to find Congressional Record pages where a particular member has spoken.

Member Facets

Congress

Use the Congress facet to limit your results to Members serving during the selected Congress or Congresses.

Chamber

Use the Chamber facet to limit your results to Members of the House (Representatives) or Senate (Senators).

Party

Use the Party facet to limit your results to profiles of Members from a particular party.

Members by U.S. State or Territory

Use the Members by U.S. State or Territory to limit your results to Member Profile pages for members from a particular state.

Nominations Facets

Congress

Use the Congress facet to limit your results to one or more Congresses by checking each Congress of interest

Nomination Type

Use the Nomination Type facet to limit your results to one of the following types:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Civilian (Policy Level)
  • Foreign Service (State)
  • Public Health Service (HHS)

Use the checkbox to limit your results to nominations designated as Privileged.

Status of Nomination

Use the Status of Nomination facet to limit your results to nominations with one of the following statuses:

  • Referred to committee
  • Hearings by committee
  • Committee consideration
  • Reported by committee
  • Calendars
  • Confirmed by the Senate
  • Withdrawn
  • Returned to President

Senate Committee

Use the Senate Committee facet to limit your results to nominations referred to a particular committee.

Nominees with US State or Territory Indicated

Use the Nominees with US State or Territory Indicated to limit your results to nominations with one or more nominees from a particular state or territory. Use this facet with caution as not all nominees have a state or territory indicated on their nomination.

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