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An A to Z directory of help pages, research guides, lists, popular saved searches, and more. Legislative Process Glossary terms are in italics.

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About Congress.gov

Accounts - create a Congress.gov account to manage alerts and saved searches

Action on legislation - Browse by date - also called Yesterday in Congress, includes legislation introduced, reported, passed, and considered by the full House or Senate each legislative day

- Senate.gov finding aid

Advanced search - Congress.gov advanced search options

Advanced search form - legislation only, 93rd Congress-present (1973-)

Command line

Query builder

- USA.gov

Alerts on Congress.gov - sign up for email alerts on members, individual bills, nominations, and the Congressional Record

Amendments - see also Legislation, Legislative Process 

Congress.gov resources 

Amendments to the Constitution - Constitution Annotated

Browse House and Senate amendments - 97th Congress-present (1981-)

Related glossary terms 

amendment 

amendment exchange

amendment in the nature of a substitute

Anomalies - legislative data anomalies on Congress.gov

AOC - Architect of the Capitol

AOC website 

Plan a visit to the U.S. Capitol

Appropriations - see also Appropriations and Budget Research Guide 

Amending appropriation bills: a basic guide - House Committee on Rules

Expired and expiring authorizations of appropriations - CBO; previously titled Unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations (2000-2016)

Archived government websites

Congressional and federal government web harvests - National Archives

United States congressional web archive - Library of Congress

 Audio and Visual Coverage Research Guide

B

Bill - see Legislation

Bill of Rights

– National Archives resource

Bill of Rights Library of Congress resource

(1774- )

Books - Library of Congress online catalog

Browse lists - view items filtered by selected criteria and Congresses on Congress.gov

Budget - see also Appropriations and Budget Research Guide

- GPO

Budget process - see also Appropriations and Budget Research Guide

budget resolution [glossary term]

- Congress.gov bill status data

C

- live TV and radio coverage of proceedings of the U.S. Congress

Calendars

calendar [glossary term]

See Calendars and Schedules Research Guide

(CVC) website

Caucuses - |

CBO - Congressional Budget Office

CBO - Congressional Budget Office [glossary term]

website

website

- National Archives repository of congressional records

Century of Lawmaking - Library of Congress repository of congressional documents and debates (1774-1875)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

- GPO

Committee reports

About committee reports of the U.S. Congress

Browse House reports | Senate reports | Executive reports

Search for committee reports

Related glossary terms

committee report 

conference report

congressional report

executive report

joint explanatory statement 

Committees

About committee hearings of the U.S. Congress

About congressional committee profiles

Committees of the U.S. Congress

House Committee hearings and meetings video

Legislation with actions related to committees - House | Senate

Related glossary terms

committee chair 

committee-related activity 

committee / subcommittee 

Committee of the Whole 

conferees

conference committee

Committee websites - may include transcripts of hearings, markups, and reports

committees

committees

Communications

Executive Communications to the House - browse catalog (2015 -)

Executive Communications to the Senate - browse catalog (1979 -)

Related glossary terms

communications

executive communication 

memorial

petition

presidential message 

Congresses

Congresses - corresponding years (1927-)

congress (i.e. 2-year time frame) [glossary term]

Congress.gov - learn about Congress.gov

Congressional agencies

- Congressional Budget Office

- Congressional Research Service

- Government Accountability Office

- Government Publishing Office

LOC - Library of Congress

Congressional apportionment

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

- official printed directory from GPO

- from the National Atlas of the United States

- Census Bureau data on US, states, counties, congressional districts

- selected House documents and Senate documents from GPO

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

(subscription required for full access)

Congressional Record - see also Daily Digest

About the Congressional Record

Congressional Record [glossary term]

Most recent issue | Browse by date | Search

Congressional Record Index - topical access to remarks and activities by Members, individuals, organizations, and legislative business mentioned in the Congressional Record

Constitution Annotated - Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation. Legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based on Supreme Court case law

Featured topics and cases

Constitution Day - resources for teachers

Copyright Office

CRS - Congressional Research Service

About CRS

CRS - Congressional Research Service [glossary term]

D

Daily Digest - see also Congressional Record

Daily Digest [glossary term]

Browse by date

Most recent issue

- machine readable data sets of the Executive branch; launched May 2009 by Federal CIO Council

Days in Session calendars for House and Senate - see also  Calendars and Schedules Research Guide

Declaration of Independence - Primary Documents in American History; Library of Congress web guide

E

Embed a search box - For instructions and code, go to How to Embed the Search Box on Your Website

Ethics

(PDF) and other documents from the

Senate ethics manual (PDF) and other documents from the

Executive business

- See also Calendars and Schedules Research Guide

Related glossary terms

executive business 

Executive Calendar

executive session 

Executive orders

- National Archives (1945-1989)

- National Archives (1953-present)

 - White House

- National Archives

Expired and expiring authorizations of appropriations - previously Unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations (2000-2016) - CBO

F

FAQ - Frequently asked questions about Congress.gov

- Census Bureau data on the U.S., states, counties, and congressional districts

federal depository library [glossary term]

Federal judiciary

Federal Register

- GPO

- GPO

- GPO

- OMB/GSA status of agency documents undergoing review

and its - find and comment on Federal Register documents

Federalist Papers

About the Federalist Papers

Feedback - submit a survey to Congress.gov


- case law, forms, find a lawyer

G

(and previous reports)

- Law Library of Congress

Glossary of legislative process terms

Government Research Guide - links to legislative, executive, judicial, state, local, and international government resources

GPO - Government Publishing Office

Authenticated digital publishing

Federal Digital System (FDsys)

govinfo - Beta website that will eventually replace FDsys

GPO - Government Publishing Office [glossary term]

H

Hearings - committee/subcommittee hearings

- GPO

hearing [glossary term]

- current hearings in the House

House committee hearings and meetings video - Congress.gov resource

Law Librarians Society of Washington DC - , transcripts, etc.

Law Library of Congress - selected Congressional hearings (1908-2006)

Live audio and video of floor and committee proceedings - see Audio and Visual Coverage Research Guide 

, listed by committee (selected)

Help pages - Congress.gov

About Congress.gov

Coverage dates for legislative information

Frequently asked questions

Legislative documents that predate authenticated digital publishing

Linking to Congress.gov

Search tips overview

What’s new on Congress.gov

History of Bills and Resolutions - GPO

- updated day after Congressional Record published

on GPO (1983-present)

House manual Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives

Latest PDF | Archive - GPO (1995-present)

House manual in XML - United States Legislative Markup (USLM) Project, GitHub

XML bulk data - GPO

House of Representatives - see House of Representatives Research Guide

House precedents

House Practice | Archive - GPO

Cannon | Deschler | Hind - GPO

House Rules Committee

House Rules committee [glossary term]

Website | Jump to: Resources tab for archived House rules, House manuals, rules of the committees, and surveys of activities of the Rules Committee

House standing rules

Latest PDF | Archive - Rules Committee, 112th Congress-present

How Our Laws Are Made

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International

- United Nations

International organizations - Library of Congress guide

- Northwestern University Library

- list from Northwestern University Library

international agreement [glossary term]

J

- official estimates for all tax legislation considered by the Congress

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

- US Courts

jurisdiction [glossary term]

K

L

Law Library of Congress

About the Law Library

Guide to law online

Legal topics

Laws

Public laws

Private laws

Leadership

- Speaker, majority and minority leaders, whips, etc.

- President of the Senate, President Pro Tempore, majority and minority leaders, whips,etc.

- Democratic Conference, Republican Conference, party policy committees, historical lists

Legislation  - see also Amendments, Legislative Process

Browse reports on Congress.gov, 93rd Congress-present (1973-) unless otherwise noted

Action on legislation - Browse by date - also called Yesterday in Congress, includes legislation introduced, reported, passed, and considered by the full House or Senate each legislative day

Bill and law texts received today

Bills by policy area term 

Bills introduced as private legislation 

Bills introduced by request 

Bills vetoed

House and Senate amendments - 97th Congress-present (1981-)

Legislation with actions related to committees - House | Senate 

Legislative actions - reports of legislative actions taken per Congress and related bills

Most-viewed bills on Congress.gov - 113th Congress-present (2014-)

Sponsors and cosponsors - House | Senate - browse legislation by sponsor or cosponsor

Resources

Active legislation - Senate.gov finding aid

Finding Congressional Documents from the Past - Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals (LLRX)

Finding U.S. Government Documents at the Library of Congress - LOC

Versions of bill texts, see Definitions of common versions of bills table - GPO

Related glossary terms (jump past glossary terms)

amendment 

amendment in the nature of a substitute

bill 

bill summary

budget resolution

companion measure

concurrent resolution

continuing resolution (continuing appropriation)

engrossed measure

enrolled measure

identical bill

joint resolution 

measure

official title

original bill

popular title

private bill 

procedurally-related measure

proposed/offered Senate amendment

related bill

reserved bill number

short title

simple resolution

special rule

submitted Senate amendment  

title

Legislative histories 

- National Archives repository of Congressional records

- guide to producing legislative histories from the Law Librarians' Society

- Law Librarians' Society

Legislative process -  see also Amendments, Appropriations, Committees, LegislationVetoes

Enactment of a Law - by the Senate Parliamentarian

Legislative process videos on Congress.gov - nine videos that explain common legislative phases 

Related glossary terms (jump past glossary terms)

adjourn

adjournment sine die

amendment exchange

bicameral

by request

cloture

enacted

en bloc

filibuster

germaneness

hearing

hold 

hopper

 journal 

legislative action steps

legislative interest

markup

motion to proceed to consider

motion to recommit

motion to table

ordered reported

ping-pong

point of order

previous question

pro forma session

quorum

quorum call

referral

reported

supermajority

suspension of the rules

unanimous consent agreement

unanimous consent request

veto 

legislative subject term [glossary term]

Library of Congress (LOC)

Finding U.S. Government Documents at the Library of Congress

LOC.gov

LIV - Legislative Indexing Vocabulary [glossary term]

Lobbying disclosure - |

M

Maps - from the National Atlas of the United States

Markups

- some provide the text of selected markups

- some provide the text of selected markups

markup [glossary term]

Media galleries - |

Members of Congress - find members and see sponsored and cosponsored legislation on Congress.gov

About congressional member profiles - Congress.gov

- GPO

Find your representative by zip code - House.gov finding aid

- GPO

N

NARA - National Archives and Records Administration

Congressional and federal government web harvest

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) [glossary term]

News services

(subscription required for full access)

Nominations

About nominations

- U.S. Senate

nomination [glossary term]

Search nominations

Supreme Court nominations - Congress.gov records dating from 1981

Supreme Court nominations - Law Library of Congress resources

Nongovernmental organizations (NGO)

United Nations NGO relations

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)

notes [glossary term]

O

- U.S. House of Representatives

P

parliamentarian [glossary term]

party caucus / conference [glossary term]

House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website (1789-present)

phrase searching - see Search Overview

Policy area term

Browse bills by policy area term   

policy area term [glossary term]

Policy area terms [field value list]

President

- Public papers of the U.S. Presidents, hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara

- National Archives (1945-1989)

- daily and weekly updates including statements, messages, remarks, GPO (1993-)

- National Archives

- National Archives list of all presidential libraries

Presidential nominations - see About Nominations

- Clerk of the House resource (1789-)

Private legislation

Browse private legislation

private bill [glossary term]

privileged nomination [glossary term]

- voting data for members of Congress

Public laws

Public laws list on Congress.gov

- National Archives list of current public law numbers

Public laws update service recording - (202) 741-6043

Q

Quick Start - Congress.gov Quick Start guide [PDF]

R

ranking member [glossary term]

recess appointment [glossary term]

Refine a search using facets (also called filters) - Congress.gov search guide

Regulations - |

resolution of ratification [glossary term]

(1947-)

Roll Call votes by the U.S. Congress browse list (1989-)

Rules, precedents, and procedures

Committee websites: House, Resources tab - Rules Committee | Senate - Rules and Administration Committee

House manual [PDF] Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives and search the manual and rules - GPO

House precedents - House practice [PDF], Deschler's precedents, Cannon's precedents and Hinds' precedents - GPO

House procedures - general parliamentary, 115th legislative protocols, and committee - Rules Committee

House special rules reported - Rules Committee

House standing rules [PDF] - Rules Committee

Senate procedures - ,

S

Schedules for Congress - see  Calendars and Schedules Research Guide

Search help

Action search scope notes

Search tips by category

Search tools overview - Congress.gov help page on search basics

Senate - see Senate Research Guide

Sergeant at Arms - |

Sessions of Congress

Days in session calendars - see also the Calendars and Schedules Research Guide 

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

Sessions of Congress (1789-) - and [PDF]

[PDF] - Law Librarians' Society (1789-)

slip law [glossary term]

Speaker of the House - see Leadership

Sponsors and cosponsors

Browse legislation by sponsor/cosponsor - House | Senate | Search

cosponsor [glossary term]

sponsor [glossary term]

State and local government 

State legislature websites

memorial [glossary term]

Statistics

- Census Bureau data on U.S., states, counties, and congressional districts

(1947-)

Statutes at Large

Volumes 1-64 (1789-1950 – Law Library of Congress)

Volumes 65-125 (1951-2011 – GPO)

 (research guide from the Law Librarians' Society)

Statute Compilations

Subcommittees - see Committees

subject [glossary term]

T

Teacher resources - lesson plans about government, law, and politics

text similarities [glossary term]

Think tanks and advocacy groups

- Senate Office of Public Records

- Clerk of the House

- list of political science resources from University of Michigan Documents Center

Tips - see Search Tips Overview

- text of trade agreements from the Department of Commerce Trade Compliance Center

Treaties

Treaty document resources on Congress.gov

About treaty documents

Browse treaty documents by topic

Search treaty documents

Treaty resources

- State Department

[PDF] - committee print

- State Department

- State Department

U.S. treaties: a beginner’s guide - Law Library of Congress

Related glossary terms

treaty 

treaty document

Twitter - The Law Library of Congress tweets about legislation and Congress.gov enhancements via @Congressdotgov.

U

Unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations (2000-2016) - collection is titled Expired and expiring authorizations of appropriations as of 2017, CBO

United Nations -

- official handbook of the Federal Government

and the - House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel

U.S. founding documents resources

U.S. founding documents gallery - Congress.gov

Creating the United States online exhibit - Library of Congress

V

Vacancies

- United States Courts

- GAO search tool

Vetoes  - see also Legislation, Legislative Process

Browse vetoed legislation - Congress.gov

- Secretary of the Senate indexes (1789-)

History of line-item veto notices - GPO

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

veto [glossary term]

Vice Presidents

- House of Representatives History, Art & Archives website

- Senate Library, complete list (1789-)

Video - see Audio and Visual Coverage Research Guide

Votes - see Votes in the House and Senate Research Guide

W

White House

Website

Website archives - Clinton, Bush, and Obama administration websites, National Archives (1994-present)

White House Executive Clerk's office recording - (202) 456-2226

X

XML bulk data - Congress.gov bill status data

Y

Z

Zip code - - House of Representatives finding aid

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