A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75.
Architect of the Capitol Home Page
Details about the history of the United States Capitol, its architectural features, and its art collection. Information of use to visitors and frequently asked questions about the Capitol.
Association of Centers for the Study of Congress
The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) supports a wide range of programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers, and members of the general public on the history of Congress, legislative process, and current issues facing Congress. The ACSC encourages the preservation of material that documents the work of Congress, including the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use.
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is the educational component of GPO Access, the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) free online service of official Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. Ben’s Guide provides information and activities specifically tailored for educators, parents, and students in K-12. These resources can help teach about our government and how it works. They can also teach about the primary source materials on GPO Access, and how citizens can use GPO Access in carrying out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Online access to the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, with entries for all who have served in the House or the Senate, as well as updated versions of the House and Senate guides to research collections and bibliographies of Senators.
Black Americans in Congress
Since 1870, when Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Representative Joseph Rainey of South Carolina became the first African Americans to serve in Congress, a total of 123 African Americans have served as U.S. Representatives or Senators. This Web site, based on the book Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007, contains biographical profiles of former African-American Members of Congress, links to information about current black Members, essays on institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of African Americans in Congress, and images of each individual Member, supplemented by other historical photos.
Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives is the official repository of the records of House and Senate committees. Online guides to the committee records of the House and Senate, which provide excellent summaries of the history and purpose of each congressional committee. This site also has links to other sites of interest to students, historians, archivists, and political scientists.
Center for Responsive Politics
The guide to the money in U.S. government, including a section on Congress and on electoral politics.
Committees of the House of Representatives
Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives – news releases, hearing schedules and transcripts, and oversight plans.
This site allows users to identify and contact elected leaders in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures; post letters online in Letters to Leaders and read what other Americans are saying to elected officials; create and post Soapbox action alerts to enlist others on your issue; find and contact local and national media by ZIP code or by state with Media Guide; and have your representative's votes sent to you weekly via e-mail.
Congress Votes Database
This site, washingtonpost.com's U.S. Congress Votes Database, is a deep database of every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991). It lets you browse votes in a variety of ways -- both in aggregate and for individual members of Congress.
Congressional Bills Project
This public resource enables researchers, students and the general public to download information about bills introduced in the U.S. Congress along with extensive information about those bills' sponsors.
Congressional Directory, 104th-110th
The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). Published since 1888, the Congressional Directory presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries.
Congressional District Maps
The National Atlas prepared simple maps of each District of the 110th Congress (January 2007-January 2009). These maps of the individual districts cover half of an 8.5- by 11-inch paper when printed. Designed for easy reference, they show the Congressional District overlaid on top of State and county boundaries along with interstate and US highways, selected streams and waterbodies, and major cities. The maps were created for use on the World Wide Web but print well using your home or office printer.
Congressional Management Foundation
A non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping congressional offices improve their management practices. Information about management tools, publications, training seminars, and consulting services.
Congressional Mega Sites
Clearinghouse of other sites related to Congress, including the House and Senate Web pages; GPO Access, the U. S. Government Printing Office Home Page with resources on Congressional publications; The Congressional Record; and the Congressional (Pictorial) Directory.
Congressional Papers Roundtable
The Congressional Papers Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists is composed of members of the Society and others who work with or have an interest in the papers of members of Congress and the records of Congress. The roundtable provides a forum for news, for discussion of issues and developments, and for setting standards and advocating action in the preservation and management of congressional papers and records.
Congressional Pictorial Directory
Brief biographical sketches of each member of the current Congress and a picture of each member of the House and Senate.
The Congressional Record via GPO Access
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.
Congressional Research Service Reports hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries
This site provides integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available on the Web since 1990. Because CRS works exclusively for Members of Congress, citizens who wished to view these reports had to request them from their Member. This project promises to help provide permanent public access to this vital information by serving as a one-stop gateway to the more than 6,500 reports thus far included. Users have the ability to search the full text of the reports, as well as by title, author, subject, and report number.
CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing
C-SPAN Capitol Questions
Capitol Questions is C-SPAN's compendium of answers to questions that viewers and users have asked regarding the legislative process and the workings of the federal government. Capitol Questions is divided into four categories: Congress; The House; The Senate; and Impeachment.
C-SPAN Online provides online lesson plans, special features, a glossary of congressional terms, frequently asked questions about the Capitol, the activities of the C-SPAN School Bus, and C-SPAN in the Classroom.
First Federal Congress Project
A wide array of original sources, engravings, portraits, etc., all of which are placed in historical context.
The General Principles of Congressional Oversight
A guide to the House rules governing committee oversight and investigations.
Government Printing Office
This site offers a wealth of information about Congress, including the following subparts:
Congressional Bills. All published versions of bills from the 108th (2003-2004), 107th (2001-2002), 106th (1999-2000), 105th (1997-1998), 104th (1995-1996) and 103rd (1993-1994) are available. The 107th Congress database is updated by 6 a.m. daily when bills are published and approved for release.
Congressional Directory. Presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative staff, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishment, and other Federal departments and agencies, including DC government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the media.
Congressional Hearings. A limited number are available, but there is a search feature.
Congressional Record. The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. Helpful Hints provide instructions for searching the Congressional Record database, 1995-current. The index to the Congressional Record is at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CREC
Congressional Reports. Contains House, Senate, and executive reports, 104th Congress to present.
History of Bills. Lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record, 1983-present.
Public Laws. Contains laws signed by the President, 1995-present.
The Hill reports and analyzes the actions of Congress.
How Laws are Made
This is the on-line version of a very popular and useful publication, prepared by one of the leading experts on Congress, Charles W. Johnson, the Parliamentarian of the U. S. House of Representatives. An equally valuable companion publication prepared by the Senate Parliamentarian Robert B. Dove is Enactment of a Law.
This is a portal site designed specifically for and used by Congressional staffers and offices of other elected officials. Updated daily with Congressional schedules, Congressional vote detail, White House news, daily news summaries from the Washington Post and other top sources, the site also links to information on major national events and hot issues.
Kids in the House
An interactive center to help kids learn about the United States House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk, and their roles in lawmaking.
Legislative Studies Section, American Political Science Association
The purpose of the Legislative Studies Section is to provide APSA members with an interest in legislative processes, behavior, and representation opportunities to meet and exchange ideas. The section publishes a newsletter reporting on legislative research, among other subjects.
LegiStorm launched in September 2006. The web site is dedicated to providing a variety of important information about the US Congress. Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm's first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries, 2003-2006 (updates are planned as well as the addition of historical data. A new database tracks all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers--these trips number about 27,000.
The Library of Congress
All students and teachers should be familiar with this site. While the Library of Congress location does not focus on Congress the way THOMAS (see below) does, it offers students of history and government interesting places. The American Memory project is bringing online important congressional records and publications. "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation" is a web site designed to make these records more accessible to students, scholars, and interested citizens, and it will bring together the records and acts of Congress from the Journals of the Continental Congress through The Congressional Globe, which ceased publication in 1873. Documents dated 1774-1805 are currently available. Additional materials will be added to the site every few months. Educators also will find useful resources on The Learning Page, including a teaching unit, In Congress Assembled, and information on presidents and presidential inaugurations. The Library of Congress Home Page also provides research tools, including the incomparable catalog of the Library of Congress, and links to other Library of Congress Internet resources. Special collections include material on the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention; Votes for Women, 1848-1921; and African American Perspectives, 1818-1907. Photographic collections include Civil War Photographs, Portraits of Presidents and First Ladies, and Washington as It Was, 1923-1959.
Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
At this site, you can obtain copies of bills and other House documents, find historical information about the House, and learn about the services provided by the Office of the Clerk.
OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind what's happening in Congress. OpenCongress is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation.
This site opens bills to online, public review. Users have the opportunity to comment on proposed bills before they are even introduced—or while they are pending—in Congress.
Resumes of Congressional Activity
Established in 1947, a final Résumé is issued at the end of each session of Congress. These pdf documents provide statistics on congressional workload and activity.
Roll Call On Line
Roll Call covers the inside stories on events in Congress and on Capitol Hill.
Hosted by the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, this site has information about the history, duties, and selection of the Speaker.
Named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, this site is the best single source of online information about Congress. THOMAS, a service of the U. S. Congress, is maintained by the Library of Congress. It offers a wide range of materials, including current activities of the House and Senate, access to major bills under consideration or recently enacted into law, the text of the daily Congressional Record for the past five years, information on House and Senate committees, legislative workload statistics back to the 91st Congress, historical documents such as the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, information on the legislative process in the House and Senate, and links to other government sites related to Congress, the executive branch, the judicial branch, and state and local government. Users of CongressLink will find that we refer often to the resources on THOMAS.
Treasures of Congress Exhibit
In 2000-2001, the National Archives created an exhibit featuring a sampling of the landmark documents created by or delivered to Congress. The essence of the exhibit is captured in this online resource.
Links to the House and Senate sites and to agencies that support Congress.
A portal site with up-to-date information about Congress. Unlike many such sites, this one compiles all legislative materials from Congress on a specific issue. For example, the site links to a compilation about stem cell and cloning legislation in the 110th Congress.
U. S. House of Representatives
The House site focuses on current events and activities of the House, including schedules for floor activity and for House committees. The House site provides links to the House leaders' offices, the Library of Congress, C-SPAN, and other related locations.
U.S. House Leadership Sites
http://www.majoritywhip.house.gov and http://www.gop.gov provide extensive and timely information on the House floor schedule and the policy viewpoints of the House Republicans. House Democrats are well represented by the Deocratic Whip's site, http://www.democraticwhip.gov/.
U. S. Legislative Branch
Comprehensive information about Congress developed by the Library of Congress—see THOMAS.
The Senate site contains many features similar to those offered on the House site, including floor schedules and committee information, but the focus is obviously on the Senate and its members. In many ways the Senate site is richer and more rewarding than its House counterpart; it contains more history and background on the Senate, and more information of use to students and teachers.
U.S. Senate Leadership Sites
Senate Democrats provide an overview of scheduled floor activity, policy positions and analysis, and other information at http://www.democrats.senate.gov, while the Senate Republican Coinference does the same for the minority party at http://republican.senate.gov/public/.
University of Michigan Documents Center
In addition to general information about the legislative process, it includes a section on “Choosing a Topic” and on sources, including reports from the Congressional Research Service which have not been officially released to the public.
Women in Congress
Since 1917, when Representative Jeannette Rankin Montana became the first woman to serve in Congress, 243 more women have served as U.S. Representatives or Senators. This Web site contains biographical profiles of former women Members of Congress, links to information about current women Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Congresswomen, and images of each woman Member, including rare photos.