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U.S. Federal Government - Legislative Information: Congress: the basics

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

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