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GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans understand what is going on in their national legislature.

We publish the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on GovTrack Insider.

Use GovTrack to track bills for updates by getting alerts and understand the broader context of legislation through our statistical analyses.

GovTrack was the first to create comprehensive open data about Congress (see the developer docs), and we have successfully lobbied Congress to make more and better legislative information available to the public.

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About Our Data
Current Information
(114th Congress through 115th Congress)
Members of Congress Biographical information for current and former Members of Congress is from the congress-legislators project, a community repository we originally developed and help maintain.
Bill Status From GPO.gov/FDSys. Updated roughly daily. Legislative activity appears the next business day. Via the congress project.
Votes From the Senate and House websites. Updated hourly. Missed vote explanations from ProPublica.
Bill Text From GPO.gov/FDSys. Updated daily, but text only becomes available typically 1-3 business days after major action on the bill.
What’s Upcoming Bills: From the Senate website and Docs.House.Gov; Committee Meetings: From the Senate website and Docs.House.Gov. Updated daily.
(101st-113th Congresses)
Bill Status Historical bill status information was obtained from the old THOMAS.gov site prior to its shutdown in 2016.
Votes From the Senate and House websites. (Except House votes in 1989 (101st Congress, 1st Session), see Rosenthal & Poole.)
Bill Text From GPO.gov/FDSys (~2012-) and archived text from THOMAS.gov (1989-~2012). (Also Cato Institute Deepbills for the 113th Congress.)
(93rd-100th Congresses)
Bill Status From THOMAS.gov (see above).
Bill Text From the Statutes at Large on GPO.gov/FDSys (volumes 87-106). Only the text of enacted bills and agreed to concurrent resolutions are available.
Votes From Rosenthal & Poole’s United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990, Carnegie Mellon University.
(82nd-92nd Congresses)
Bills From the Statutes at Large on GPO.gov/FDSys (volumes 65-86). Only enacted bills and concurrent resolutions agreed to are available.
Votes From Rosenthal & Poole’s United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 (see above).
(6th-42nd Congresses)
Bills From the Library of Congress’s American Memory Century of Lawmaking collection via the am_mem_law project.
Votes From Rosenthal & Poole’s United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 (see above).
Other Information
District Boundaries Congressional district boundaries on the maps are from the U.S. Census Bureau and maps are courtesy of Mapbox.
Photos Sourced from various locations, primarily the GPO Guide to House and Senate Members via unitedstates/images, and credited on individual legislator pages.