Tracking Legislative Progress: Congress.gov

The U.S. Federal government provides an excellent resource for tracking legislation.   It is important to note that each bill must be introduced in each new Congress.  Each Congress lasts two years and begins January 3 of each odd year.  Therefore, if a bill was introduced in the prior Congress, but was not passed into law, then it must be re-introduced again in the new Congress.

 
 
  Image: Congress.gov, 2017

Image: Congress.gov, 2017

Congress.gov

This interactive website allows for you to search current and past legislation.  Searching "Current legislation" includes bills that have been introduced in the current Congress and that have a bill number.  Searching "All legislation" would bills from a prior Congress.   Searching by keyword would be helpful too- consider words like "health care" or search by a population rather than a specific term such as "occupational therapy".

You will be re-directed to Congress.gov in a new window when you click the button below.

 
  Image: OdesseyOnline.com, 2017

Image: OdesseyOnline.com, 2017

Crash course video

A video explaining how to use the Congress.gov website is coming soon! Stay tuned.

Once live, this 3-minute video specifically describes how to search for legislation and send an email to your legislator.  You will be re-directed to YouTube in a new window when you click the button below.