Here’s what’s been improved on GovTrack in the summer and fall of this year.
- Permalinks to individual paragraphs in bill text is now provided (example).
- We now ask for your congressional district so that we can customize vote and bill pages to show how your Members of Congress voted.
- Our bill action/status flow charts on bill pages now include activity on certain related bills, which are often crucially important to the main bill.
- The bill cosponsors list now indicates when a cosponsor of a bill is no longer serving (i.e. because of retirement or death).
- We switched to gender neutral language when referring to Members of Congress. Instead of “congressman/woman”, we now use “representative.”
- Our historical votes database (1979-1989) from voteview.com was refreshed to correct long-standing data errors.
- We dropped support for Internet Explorer 6 in order to address with POODLE SSL security vulnerability that plagued most of the web.
- We dropped support for Internet Explorer 7 in order to allow us to make use of more modern technologies, which has always been the point of GovTrack.