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U.S. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION RESEARCH GUIDE: Legislative (Congress)

Guide to finding information produced by the U.S. Federal Government and on UR's Federal Depository Library (#635) holdings.

Legislative branch: Index

On this page, you can find information and links about:

  • Legislation & Laws
  • Background info about Congress
  • Congressional Research Service Reports
  • Tracking Congress & Roll Call Votes

Legislation

Current legislation & Legislative Histories:

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. 

A Congressional 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.

The United States Statutes at Large is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The newest edition available is from 2011.

The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 53 titles.

About the U.S. Congress

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

"The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a think tank that provides research reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. However, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, nor are they released to the public via the Federal Library Depository Program (FDLP). There are several organizations that collect and give access to subsets of published CRS Reports." -James Jacobs

Tracking Congress & Roll-Call Votes

Non-profit, non-partisan organizations promoting transparency in government through resources that track government activities and votes in Congress. 

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