Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: AD-002-001-1-1-United States-Washington-1947

Subject Area: Legislative District

Bibliographic Citation: The Congressional bills project, 1947-2002 [online].  [machine-readable data file] / Adler, E. Scott  [principal investigator(s)] / University of Washington  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 8/25/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data files are in Microsoft Excel format. They can be downoaded from this project website via its download tab.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 8/25/2009

Documentation: Codebook file in Microsoft Excel format is availabe from this project website.

Abstract: This project collects approximately 400,000 public and private bills introduced in the U.S. House and Senate between 1947 and 2002. These bills are organized by year, and by House and Senate in Excel format. Each record includes information about a bill's title (post 1972), short description (pre-1973), primarily topic, progress, and sponsor. This database can be linked to other data sources (roll call voting records and biographical characteristics of members of the United States Congress) using the unique ICPSR member ID and topics. It provides a rich data source on bill introductions and referrals. It can be used to answer a wide range of research questions concerning committee authority and policy agenda setting. With its longitudinal data researchers can study congressional structure more accurately in defining committee jurisdictions, testing theories of jurisdictional change, understanding the process and prevalence of committee issue gatekeeping, and discovering the effects of individual and committee agendas on the overall work of each chamber of Congress.

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