Democratising Legislative Data: An Analysis of the Congress.gov API
About the Library of U.S. Congress | Written on September, 2023
The Congress.gov API (Application Programming Interface) represents a significant advancement in the democratisation of legislative data related to the United States Congress. Developed by a team from the Library of Congress, this API has rapidly evolved since its beta launch in September 2022 to a fully operational service as of mid-2023. This essay aims to provide a critical examination of this API's features, its contributions to the field of data accessibility, and its implications for researchers, policy analysts, and the broader public.