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Government Documents: Legislative Branch

Finding Government Information @ Davis Library, Online, and Elsewhere

Legislative Branch Resources and Agencies

Click here for information about how laws are made, U.S. Senate and House of Representative home pages, and a list of Agencies that support Congress.

About the Legislative Branch

"Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers." 

To learn more about the Legisaltive Branch click here.

Click here to learn about the three branches of government and how they work.

Legislation and Congress

Congress.gov

Presented by the Library of Congress, Congress.gov is the official online portal for U.S. federal legislative information, including current and recent legislation, schedules, and representatives. 

Legislation

Legislation Recently Signed into Law

Pending Legislation

Recently Vetoed Legislation

Summary of Blls Vetoed 1789-present (listed by president)

House of Representatives and Senate

Current and recent (back to 1993) Congressional bills and resolutions are available on FDsys.gov for the House and Senate.

Calendars for both the House and Senate are available on FDsys.gov. 

Current legislation, including sponsors, bill text, finding and contacting your representative, and calendars: House of Representatives / U.S. Senate

List of roll-call votes (how each representative voted) and the dates they did so: House members / Senators

Library of Congress

"The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people."