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Overview of the legislative process

The Legislative Process is a series of short videos (with text transcripts) from Congress.gov.

How Our Laws Are Made, issued by the House of Representatives, describes the steps in the consideration of a bill and the documents produced at each step of the legislative process.

Numbers and dates of congressional sessions

Each Congress lasts two years, and is divided into a First Session (the first year) and a Second Session (the second year).

Major resources for congressional information

Begin with the resources below to explore documents produced by the legislative branch, or use the tabs above to locate current and historical congressional information, broken out by type of document (bill, hearing, etc.).

Who is (or was) who in Congress

Need more information about a senator or representative?

Keeping up with Congress

  • CQ Weekly
    Non-partisan legislative news and analysis. Can search by keyword, topic, bill number, date, and more; also includes a floor vote search. Create email alerts, RSS feeds, and saved searches.
  • National Journal
    Covers politics, policy, and government; daily political news; and more. Like CQ Weekly, a good source for finding out current status of legislation.
  • The Hill
    "The Hill is a non-partisan, non-ideological newspaper that describes the inner workings of the U.S. Congress, the pressures confronting policy makers and the many ways in which decisions are made." Published triweekly; can create search alerts (email or RSS).
  • CQ Electronic Library
    The subscription database includes CQ Weekly, Congress and the Nation, CQ Researcher, and CQ Almanac, all of which are excellent resources for information about Congress and its activities.

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