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Element Name: sponsor
Description: Identification information for the congressional member who introduced a legislative measure, for himself/herself, another member (noted in the Senate with “by request”), or for the administration; usually just the name but sometimes including additional information such as the state represented. (Note: a measure can only have one sponsor).
Bills DTD Content Model: (#PCDATA | added–phrase | deleted–phrase | internal–xref | external–xref | fraction | superscript | subscript | omitted–text | linebreak | italic | quote | pagebreak | act–name)*
Name: by-request
Description: This attribute on the element sponsor. It is used when a legislative measure is introduced by another member (noted in the Senate with “by request”).
Value(s): yes, no
Default Value: no
Name: name-id
Description: The unique identification for an individual, assumed to be the key field to a database of descriptions of people
Value(s): CDATA
Default Value: #IMPLIED
Parent Elements:
  • action-desc