Saturday, November 1, 2014 Leaves Beta!

Did you know? officially removed its “beta” label 
on September 26, 2014, two years after launching! 

What does this mean? 

  • Any URLs that included “beta” in conjunction with “” will redirect straight to
  • also automatically redirects to 

A Few Highlights: 

  • Advanced Search
    • The advanced search section now allows browsing across Congresses.
    •  30+ new fields were added to the guided search framework, allowing for in-depth and intricate searching. Users also have the option of using a command line search in lieu of the guided search.
  • Resources A to Z: this is an index covering a wealth of terms related to Congress and the federal government at large (e.g. amendments, nominations, NARA). It's great for those who wish to browse the site. 
  • Most-Viewed Bills” replaces the former “popular Top Ten” and is archived going back to late July 2014. 
What’s happened to THOMAS?
  • The name “THOMAS” won’t be officially retired until after the close of fiscal year 2015.
  • THOMAS can still be accessed through 

What’s happened to “Yesterday in Congress”? 

“Yesterday in Congress” was a feature of THOMAS that listed all floor activity for the previous day. It is not currently a part of, but a similar feature will hopefully be added in the future. 

For more information, see the official announcement regarding shedding its beta label and Library of Congress blogpost on the same topic.

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