This project gathers and produces public domain data about legislation in Congress. See the README for how to set up this project to run locally. Also see congress-legislators for related data about Members of Congress. This project is a part of theunitedstates.io.
Bulk downloads of the data are provided by some of the maintainers.
Current and archival bill data is available for public download, hosted by the Sunlight Foundation. You can download ZIP files containing a JSON file for every bill in each Congress since 1973. Data for the current Congress is refreshed nightly. There is no need to download it more frequently than this; the official sources are not updated in real time.
113th Congress - updated nightly
|112th Congress - 2011-2012||107th Congress - 2001-2002||102nd Congress - 1991-1992||97th Congress - 1981-1982|
|111th Congress - 2009-2010||106th Congress - 1999-2000||101st Congress - 1989-1990||96th Congress - 1979-1980|
|110th Congress - 2007-2008||105th Congress - 1997-1998||100th Congress - 1987-1988||95th Congress - 1977-1978|
|109th Congress - 2005-2006||104th Congress - 1995-1996||99th Congress - 1985-1986||94th Congress - 1975-1976|
|108th Congress - 2003-2004||103rd Congress - 1993-1994||98th Congress - 1983-1984||93rd Congress - 1973-1974|
Current and archival data is also available from GovTrack using the rsync protocol. See the instructions. The data available includes bill metadata (including historical bill data), bill text (MODS, plain text, XML, and historical bill text), votes, committee meetings, and amendments.
Our scrapers output both JSON and XML. Currently only the JSON format is documented. See: