May 12, 2021

Congress.gov Launches Legislation Info E-Mail Alert Services

News about this new service featuring three different types of email alerts came in a blog post by Andrew Weber at the Law Library of Congress.

Creating and receiving alerts is free. Expect more types of alerts in the future.

From Weber’s Blog Post:

There are three different types of alerts in this initial release: Member of Congress, legislation, and the Congressional Record.

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You can now get an email alert letting you know that a specific Member of Congress (from the current Congress) has either sponsored or cosponsored legislation.  There will be up to one email a day that links to new sponsored and cosponsored bills.

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The second type of alert, legislation, is one daily email when there is a new summary, text, cosponsor, or action on a particular bill.

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The third type of alert lets you know when a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov.  This is similar to one of the alerts that was available on THOMAS.

The remainder of the blog post includes how to sign-up for these alerts including screencaps and a link to this FAQ.

Additional Sources and Tools for Congressional Info Alerts/Bill Tracking

Three of many resources.

Scout is a rapid notification service allows anyone to create customized email or text alerts on actions Congress takes on an issue or a specific bill. It also makes it easy to search federal regulations and track bills in all 50 states (a first). The website tracks a variety of sources including the Congressional Record, the Federal Register and Sunlight’s Open States to create legislative news searches about issues a person, company or nonprofit cares about.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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