House Manual in Bulk XML

Featured Content March 23, 2016 – Preview on GPO's GitHub page


At the direction of the Committee on Rules within the United States House of Representatives, the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the House Parliamentarian, and the Clerk of the House are making the 114th House Rules and the House Manual available in XML format using the United States Legislative Markup (USLM) schema. USLM is an XML information model designed to semantically and structurally describe legislative and legal documents in a machine-readable format. This is the first USLM document to be made available on GPO’s GitHub account.

They are currently being released for comment on GPO's Github account and will be made available on the bulk data site, FDsys, and this site in the near future.

The House Rules and Manual is published by the House Parliamentarian's Office. This document is formally entitled Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives and contains the fundamental source material for parliamentary procedure used in the House of Representatives, including:

  • the Constitution of the United States;
  • applicable provisions of Jefferson's Manual;
  • rules of the House;
  • provisions of law and resolutions having the force of rules of the House; and
  • pertinent decisions of the Speakers and other presiding officers of the House and Committee of the Whole interpreting the rules and other procedural authority used in the House of Representatives.

GPO's GitHub account includes documentation about several of the services available from GPO, including the bulk data site and the API link service. For more information, visit the govinfo Developer Hub.