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Bill summaries in data files but not in the API

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  • joechellman
    Greetings, I m new to the API. It s really handy, but I have a question: are bill summaries left out of the Bill API intentionally? Comparing the raw data
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 7, 2013
      Greetings,

      I'm new to the API. It's really handy, but I have a question: are bill summaries left out of the Bill API intentionally?

      Comparing the raw data file to the same bill returned by the API:

      http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/113/bills/h624.xml
      http://www.govtrack.us/api/v2/bill?bill_type=house_bill&number=624&congress=113

      There's no summary. I could use the XML file directly, but I'm hoping to stick with JSON for what I'm building. Is the summary absent to save bandwidth?

      Thanks!
      Joe
    • Josh Tauberer
      Hi, The summaries can get quite long. Summaries for appropriations bills are longer than most bills. It doesn t really make sense to put this in the same API.
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 8, 2013
        Hi,

        The summaries can get quite long. Summaries for appropriations bills are
        longer than most bills. It doesn't really make sense to put this in the
        same API.

        I don't even load the summaries into my database, I just read it from
        disk when it's needed. So it's not really API-able.

        - Josh Tauberer (@JoshData)

        http://razor.occams.info

        On 04/07/2013 04:44 PM, joechellman wrote:
        > Greetings,
        >
        > I'm new to the API. It's really handy, but I have a question: are bill summaries left out of the Bill API intentionally?
        >
        > Comparing the raw data file to the same bill returned by the API:
        >
        > http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/113/bills/h624.xml
        > http://www.govtrack.us/api/v2/bill?bill_type=house_bill&number=624&congress=113
        >
        > There's no summary. I could use the XML file directly, but I'm hoping to stick with JSON for what I'm building. Is the summary absent to save bandwidth?
        >
        > Thanks!
        > Joe
        >
        >
        >
        > ------------------------------------
        >
        > Yahoo! Groups Links
        >
        >
        >
      • Eric Mill
        If it s helpful, the Sunlight Congress API does have the official LOC-written bill summaries
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 8, 2013
          If it's helpful, the Sunlight Congress API does have the official LOC-written bill summaries available as JSON. Josh is right on that the summaries can be very huge though - so if you use our Congress API, you'll have to specifically request the field, it's not returned by default.

          -- Eric


          On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM, Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...> wrote:
          Hi,

          The summaries can get quite long. Summaries for appropriations bills are
          longer than most bills. It doesn't really make sense to put this in the
          same API.

          I don't even load the summaries into my database, I just read it from
          disk when it's needed. So it's not really API-able.

          - Josh Tauberer (@JoshData)

          http://razor.occams.info

          On 04/07/2013 04:44 PM, joechellman wrote:
          > Greetings,
          >
          > I'm new to the API.  It's really handy, but I have a question: are bill summaries left out of the Bill API intentionally?
          >
          > Comparing the raw data file to the same bill returned by the API:
          >
          > http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/113/bills/h624.xml
          > http://www.govtrack.us/api/v2/bill?bill_type=house_bill&number=624&congress=113
          >
          > There's no summary.  I could use the XML file directly, but I'm hoping to stick with JSON for what I'm building.  Is the summary absent to save bandwidth?
          >
          > Thanks!
          > Joe
          >
          >
          >
          > ------------------------------------
          >
          > Yahoo! Groups Links
          >
          >
          >


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