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U.S. Congress - Federal Legislative Branch

  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Library of Congress

  • Resources in this category:
       Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present (U.S. Congress)
    Locate Senators and Representatives by name, position, state, party, year, or Congress. Includes photos.
       Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-2005 (16th edition) by Compiled and edited under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing, the Senate Historical Office and the House Office of History and Preservation (January 26, 2006) (U.S. Government Printing Office)
    From the Introduction: "The publication of this volume provides the first revision of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress since the bicentennial edition of 1989. The present edition includes biographies of each of the nearly 12,000 individuals who have served in the Congress of the United States since 1789 and in the Continental Congresses between 1774 and 1789. In addition to the biographies of Representatives, Senators, Delegates, Resident Commissioners, and Vice Presidents, this volume contains rosters of the state congressional delegations and elected officers in the First through One Hundred Eighth Congresses. The work provides a comprehensive record of the men and women who have served in the Congress of the United States, and its antecedents, over the past 231 years."

    Secions on the Contintental Congress, each Congress, an alpabetical biographies. Same as the print version. House Document No. 108-222. 2,236 pages.

       Congressional Bills (U.S. Government Printing Office)
    "All published versionso of bills from the 103rd (1993-1994) Congress forward.
       Congressional Directory (U.S. Government Printing Office)
       Congressional Pictorial Directory (U.S. Government Printing Office)
       Congressional Record (U.S. Government Printing Office)
    "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 Record Index (U.S. Government Printing Office)
    "The Congressional Record Index (CRI) serves as the index to the Congressional Record. When Congress is in session, the Joint Committee on Printing publishes the Congressional Record Index biweekly. In print, the Congressional Record Index contains both the index and the History of Bills and Resolutions. However, on GPO Access, the two parts of the print index are two separate applications."
       GovTrack.us: Track Federal Legislation (Tauberer, Joshua)
    Recommened in an ABA electronic newsletter, this is an ambitiious volunteer undertaking to make Congress and its activities more accessible.
       OpenCongress (Sunlight Foundation and Participatory Politics Foundation)
    "Brings together official government data with news articles, blog coverage, and public comments to give you the real story behind what's happening in Congress.

    "A free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to help make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement."

       Thomas (Library of Congress)
    "Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995."

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