February 5, 2015 Congress.gov Offers Users New Alert System
Contact: Gayle Osterberg (202) 707-2905
Beginning today, the free legislative information website Congress.gov offers users a new optional email-alerts system that makes tracking legislative action even easier. Users can elect to receive email alerts for tracking:
- A specific bill in the current Congress: Receive an email when there are updates to a specific bill (new cosponsors, committee action, vote taken, etc.); emails are sent once a day if there has been a change in a particular bill’s status since the previous day.
- A specific member’s legislative activity: Receive an email when a specific member introduces or cosponsors a bill; emails are sent once a day if a member has introduced or cosponsored a bill since the previous day.
- Congressional Record: Receive an email as soon as a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov.
The alerts system is a new feature available to anyone who creates a free account on the Congress.gov site. Creating an account also enables users to save searches. Create an account and sign up for alerts at congress.gov/account.
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