Primer on the Legislative Process

Resources for Legislative Researchers

Links to government and non-government web sites, including congressional-related news
sources, sources addressing issues, campaigns, legislation, partisan congressional sites, and
select government records and publications.

U.S. House of Representatives

Member listing from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House.

U.S. Senate Home Page

United States Code

Published every six years, the U.S. Code consists of 50 titles and is the final,
authoritative source for the final version of all public laws. GPO Access contains the 1994 and
2000 editions of the U.S. Code with annual supplements.

Congressional Record

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.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress – 1774-present

Database searchable by Name, Position, Party, State, and Year or Congress

Congressional Directory

The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the
Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). Published since 1888, the Congressional Directory presents short
biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional
data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or
secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military
establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials,
governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and
television galleries.

Congressional Hearings

A 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. Only hearings released to GPO from the
committees are made available on GPO Access.

Congressional Reports: U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Congressional reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed
legislation and issues under investigation. There are two types of reports: House and Senate
Reports, and Senate Executive Reports