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API Method calls
Dear GovTrack, I'm having some trouble with some of the API methods. This seems to be a successful call: ...
Sep 5, 2012
RDF ontologies or vocabularies for US government
I'm looking for any existing RDF ontologies or vocabularies for US government stuff, in particular for bills, political persons (e.g. those with bioguide IDs),...
Aug 28, 2012
Important changes to license terms coming [NB/NN edition]
Dear data re-users, This is advanced notice that on July 20 I'll be revising the terms of GovTrack'
s generic license agreement by adding the following...
Jul 22, 2012
Missing committee code on bill jurisdiction
Small bug report: H.R. 1148 is referred in part to the House Ethics committee, and is missing the "HSSO" code to go along with it: ...
Jun 23, 2012
FYI- New AZ rep is coming...
Just a heads-up that the new congressman from AZ isn't in the data yet so there are a bunch of voting records with missing data. I'm hoping to get to it by...
Jun 21, 2012
Heads-up: Vacated vote
There was another vacated vote: http://clerk.
roll327.xml So there will be no roll call 327 file on GovTrack. -- - Josh Tauberer (@JoshData) ...
Jun 7, 2012
GovTrack API (experimental)
I've put this off just about long enough- GovTrack now has an API! Currently bills and people are included in the API. (Votes and committees will come later if...
May 23, 2012
I'm looking for machine-readable Bioguide data, in particular the short biographical paragraphs for currently-serving congressmen. I know about bioguide html:...
May 11, 2012
Invalid xml characters in bills
At least one bill's xml has invalid characters: http://www.govtrack
h4517.xml The reason for this is that the source on thomas (maybe...
Apr 28, 2012
New address for legacy/deprecated APIs
Hi, all. I know I already gave someone a real headache for not giving a heads up and feel bad about that. If you haven't seen, GovTrack is now on "2.0"
Mar 23, 2012
Changed votes in Senate roll call #28
FYI to anyone tracking Senate votes, two senators changed their vote in roll call #28. The file on GovTrack has been updated. John, writing below & attached,...
Mar 12, 2012
KML linear ring missing final coordinates?
I've noticed that the KML files for drawing Congressional districts (listed here: http://www.govtrack
xpd) seem to be missing the final...
Feb 22, 2012
I get the following error on Mac OS 10.6 when I try the example rsync command from http://www.govtrack
data.xpd: $ rsync -az --delete...
Jan 29, 2012
Fwd: Bill Text Problems? - Linking to FDsys
Here's all I know about the sitemaps. (I removed Blake's contact info so he doesn't get spam from the archives but am happy to pass it along.) ... Subject:...
Dec 10, 2011
Bill text problems?
Hey all, We've noticed the we stopped receiving bill text from govtrack. It seems to have stopped around this bill: ...
Dec 10, 2011
112th congress shapefile
Does anyone have a nice generalized shapefile of the current Congress? The National Atlas version is so full of detail that every island off the coast is a...
Dec 2, 2011
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy! Participate in the
Dear all, My name is Susana MaĆ±ueco, and I work in the communications department of a high-profile international non profit organization called the Club de...
Oct 10, 2011
missing bill to vote link?
This bill http://www.govtrack
940 seems to be missing a link to the related roll-call vote ...
Sep 20, 2011
What happened to House roll 484?
Roll number 484 is missing. Anyone know what happened? http://clerk.
index.asp -- - Josh Tauberer - GovTrack.us / POPVOX.com ...
Jul 1, 2011
Data sources and people.xml/people/
I found out about the govtrack database from my post  over at the google group for Sunlight Labs' API. As I mentioned there, I have a list of CRP ID /...
Jun 3, 2011
GovTrack IDs listed as "0" on vote data
I think you might need to regenerate a couple vote files, there are two "0" IDs on each of these vote files: ...
Jun 3, 2011
Difference between an amendment'
s description and purpose?
Is there any difference between an amendment'
s description and purpose? Even when they are technically different, it only seems to be by a slight rephrasing. ...
May 26, 2011
Committee schedule IDs missing on a few committees
Quick bug report - a couple of committees are having their hearings turn up with blank committee_ids in GovTrack'
s XML feed: ...
May 17, 2011
Rsync issue with Godaddy
Hey guys, I just had to switch over to Godaddy hosting for my site, and it looks like they block rsync. Any ideas for work-arounds? Thanks....
Apr 25, 2011
Dale E. Moore
New source for parsing House committee hearings?
The new House site, in preview, looks like it has clean HTML5 for the parsing, including the daily and archived committee hearings and markup sessions. ...
Apr 24, 2011
DADT repeal bill - 2 actions that should be votes
On H.R. 2965, the DADT Repeal Act from December 2010, the only <vote> elements are from the bill's past life as a small business bill, before it got shelled...
Feb 26, 2011
Data correction: Photo of former Senator Nathan Smith
In the event that anyone has been using the photo of Former Senator Nathan Smith, the Anti-Jacksonian that served for Connecticut during 1833-1835, please note...
Feb 19, 2011
Deprecating all ".xpd" APIs
All GovTrack APIs that have ".xpd" in the URL are now deprecated. These are: * The bill search API at http://www.govtrack
api.xpd * The...
Feb 19, 2011
Normalizing vote type fields
Hey, all. I am thinking of normalizing the "type" field in roll call vote files. Most won't change but I'll correct typos in the upstream data sources and I...
Feb 17, 2011
Untracked committee: the JCSE
So here's something, the "Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe"
>This came through the official Senate...
Feb 8, 2011
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