Knowing how to search for and locate Congressional and legislative information is a skill that you can master. Primary sources, like officially published documents, can give you a report of what Congress is working on and what it has accomplished. This guide has three learning outcomes:
Through this guide, you can become confident in finding Congressional information through Congress.gov and GovInfo.gov.
Congressional Information consists of documents produced by Congress and documents covering the activities of Congress.
These terms are important to know while browsing this guide:
The video below provides an overview of the legislative process of the U.S. Congress.
Library of Congress. (2013). Congress.gov: Overview of the legislative process [Video file]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1CIWwu6KdQ&ab_channel=LibraryofCongress
Office of the Clerk, US House of Representatives. (n.d.). Member committees. https://kids-clerk.house.gov/middle-school/lesson.html?intID=34#:~:text=Committees%20are%20groups%20of%20Members,the%20first%20Congress%20in%201789.
United States Senate. (n.d.) About treaties. https://www.senate.gov/about/powers-procedures/treaties.htm#