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GPO Releases XML-Formatted Bill Summaries

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) teamed up with the Library of Congress (LC) to provide bill summaries from the U.S. House of Representatives available for downloading in XML format. The summaries are accessible on the GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) bulk data repository starting with the 113th Congress.

The LC’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) writes the summaries, which include the most significant provisions of the bills and the effects the bills might have on current laws and federal programs. The XML format allows users to repurpose the summaries for mobile applications, data mashups, and other analytical tools.

“GPO and the LOC have been important partners in working towards House Leadership’s goal of increasing transparency by making more data available in bulk data formats,” says Karen L. Haas, the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.  “The successful completion of the bill summaries project marks another positive step in that direction.”

Source: U.S. Government Printing Office

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