May 16, 2022

Now Available from GPO And LC: Congressional Information House Bill Summaries in XML Format

From the Government Printing Office:

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has partnered with the Library of Congress (LOC) to make House of Representatives bill summaries available in XML format for bulk data download from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Bill summaries are prepared by the LOC’s Congressional Research Service and describe the most significant provisions of a piece of legislation.  They also detail the effects the legislative text may have on current law and Federal programs.

The bill summaries are part of FDsys’ Bulk Data repository starting with the 113th Congress. Making House bill summaries available in XML permits data to be reused and repurposed for mobile web applications, data mashups, and other analytical tools by third party providers, which contributes to openness and transparency in Government. This project commenced at the direction of the House Appropriations Committee, and is in support of the task force on bulk data established by the House.


GPO already makes House bills as well as the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and other documents from the executive branch available in XML format for bulk data download.

Direct to House Bill Summaries via FDSys (Bulk Data Download)

See Also: FDSys Bulk Data Download Homepage

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