Two new free and open sources of bulk data about the U.S. Congress have been created by Eric Mill of Sunlight Foundation, Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack, and Derek Willis of the New York Times, and posted on GitHub:
- Congressional bill data, 1973 to present, scraped from THOMAS
- “Every bill has a JSON file, data.json, with fields related to a bill’s ID, status, names, sponsorship, amendments, and history.”
- congress-legislators: Data about Members of the United States Congress, 1789-Present, in YAML:
- Data come from several sources. “Each legislator record is grouped into four guaranteed parts: id’s which relate the record to other databases, name information (first, last, etc.), biographical information (birthday, gender), and terms served in Congress.”
- congress scrapers:
- The code of the scrapers used to harvest the data.
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