New search engine offers better access to Congress

(AP)—Congress is getting a new search engine to help people find bills that may become new laws.

On Wednesday, the is unveiling the new website Congress.gov in beta form to eventually replace its THOMAS system. It's Congress' first new search engine since THOMAS launched in 1995 when the Internet was in its infancy.

THOMAS gets 10 million visits each year. The 17-year-old became outdated, though, and required insider knowledge to navigate.

The new site is more like with one box to search all data. It can filter search results like a shopping site with categories of merchandise.

Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing also can retrieve information from the site.


Explore further

Google provides peek into new search engine

More information: www.congress.gov

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Citation: New search engine offers better access to Congress (2012, September 19) retrieved 19 June 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-access-congress.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more