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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.
Our scrapers output both JSON and XML. Currently only the JSON format is documented. See:
Download in bulk
Bulk downloads of the data are provided by some of the maintainers.
Data from GovTrack.us
Current and archival data is 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.
Old data from the Sunlight Foundation
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