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The 116th Congress job runs at 4, 8, and 12 every 4 hours. The 115th Congress job runs at 6, 10, and 2 every 4 hours. The 114th Congress job runs at 2 daily.

In January 2020, there will be a change to the <committee> element associated with individual actions in BILLSTATUS files. It will become the <committees> element. We anticipate that this will impact programs that consume Bill Status information. For additional detail, please see Issue #147

Bill Status

At the direction of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, in support of the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force, the Government Publishing (GPO), the Library of Congress (LOC), the Clerk of the House, and the Secretary of the Senate are making Bill Status information in XML format available through the GPO’s Bulk Data repository starting with the 113th Congress.

Bill Status XML is now available at, and we run the update job every 4 hours.

Actions related to amendments to amendments are now available and sample files are listed below.

Govinfo Article:


RSS Feed

There is now an RSS feed that will provide updates on when bill status batch jobs complete. Each item description includes a list of bill-status files updated as part of the batch update.

For more information on GPO's rss feeds, see: or

Sample Files

Bill Bill Features Bill Title
H.R. 1531 114th Congress House bill; committee reports from both chambers Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
H. J. Res. 45 114th Congress House joint resolution; subcommittee hearings held Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims
H. Con. Res. 70 114th Congress House concurrent resolution agreed to by both chambers Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
H. Res. 348 114th Congress House simple resolution; discharged from subcommittee; reported from the committee Supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future
S. 1300 114th Congress Senate bill that became law Adoptive Family Relief Act
S. J. Res. 8 114th Congress Senate joint resolution; veto activity A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures
S. Con. Res. 11 114th Congress Senate concurrent resolution; conference report An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025
S. Res. 105 114th Congress Senate simple resolution; discharged from committee, and agreed to A resolution recognizing the 194th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States
H.R. 3106 114th Congress House bill; action prior to introduction/referral Construction Reform Act of 2015
H.R. 22 114th Congress House bill; amendments FAST Act
H.R. 3762 114th Congress House bill; actions on amendments Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015
H.R. 8222 114th Congress House bill; actions on amendments Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
H.R. 1155 114th Congress House bill; actions on amendments SCRUB Act of 2016
H.R. 1314 114th Congress House bill; actions on amendments Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
H.R. 2566 114th Congress House bill; state, district, and party elements for cosponsors Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2015
S. 469 114th Congress Senate bill; state, district, and party elements for cosponsors Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015

User Guide

A User Guide is available at and a markdown version is now also available at

Public Meetings

A technical meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 10:30-12:00 in Washington, D.C., in the Cannon House Office Building conference room on the first floor near Congressman Lance's office (133). The meeting will be a follow-up to our December meeting.

REMOTE PARTICIPATION: The Law Library of Congress has graciously agreed to host the BDTF’s April 27th meeting online. This will allow individuals who cannot join us in the Cannon House Office Building to attend tomorrow’s meeting remotely. The link to the meeting is It will be available at approximately 10:15 in time for the 10:30 am meeting.

A technical meeting to review sample Bill Status XML files and the draft XML User Guide took place on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 PM in Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact the Office of the Clerk at 202-225-7000. See also

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