Library of Congress to Shut Down Legislative Database on July 5

The Library of Congress will take down the online legislative information database on July 5 and transition the system to the domain.

The Library said Thursday’s two-decade old infrastructure can no longer support updates that would meet the needs of users.

The website was launched in 1995 and named after Thomas Jefferson through a bipartisan initiative. went live in beta form in 2012 and is designed to provide data sets on bill status, summary and text; the Congressional Record; Congressional Record Index and committee reports; executive actions and archives that date back to 1973, the Library said.

The new website also contains Senate and House committee and member profiles, videos of legislative process and committee hearings, glossary of terms and direct links from bills to Congressional Budget Office cost estimates. is a joint project between the Library, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Government Publishing Office.

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