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User Guide for Journalists and Reporters

Find your story

Search through expansive databases of congressional data to find your story. GovTrack features comprehensive data on all legislation, alongside exclusive databases such as our legislator report cards, Congressional Misconduct Database, and database of Congressional Procedures, Rules, and Norms via

Compare legislator leadership and ideology with unique GovTrack analysis examining trends in cosponsorships. Find out the frequent cosponsors of each member, which members are most bipartisan, and who appears to have the most influence on policy.

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Access extensive legislative analysis tools

Tailor your own tracker lists with email updates (and RSS feeds) to track updates on specific bills, committee activities, or individual Members of Congress. To create a new list visit your tracker lists page. To add a new tracker to a list simply click on the green track button at the top of any GovTrack page.

Use a built-in text comparison tool to view legislative text side-by-side to previous versions or related legislation, which can be found on the right hand sidebar of every bill text page.

Share notes with colleagues

Leave notes on your tracker lists and share them to keep your colleagues or readers in the loop. Lists come with a link to a page where you can comment on your trackers. Sharing this link with your colleagues will allow them to follow along with your trackers and comments.