Primer on the Legislative Process
Resources for Legislative Researchers
Links to government and non-government web sites, including congressional-related news sources, sources addressing issues, campaigns, legislation, partisan congressional sites, and select government records and publications.
U.S. House of Representatives
Member listing from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House.
U.S. Senate Home Page
United States Code
Published every six years, the U.S. Code consists of 50 titles and is the final, authoritative source for the final version of all public laws. GPO Access contains the 1994 and 2000 editions of the U.S. Code with annual supplements.
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. 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.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress – 1774-present
Database searchable by Name, Position, Party, State, and Year or Congress
Congressional Directory
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 Hearings
A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, Joint, or Special Committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most Congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Only hearings released to GPO from the committees are made available on GPO Access.
Congressional Reports: U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Congressional reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. There are two types of reports: House and Senate Reports, and Senate Executive Reports