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Sources of information about members of the U.S. Congress and their activities.
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List of officers in the current Congress.
Biennial compilation of short official biographies of current members of Congress, along with their committee memberships, terms of service, addresses, and telephone numbers. Also provides addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. government agencies, state and territorial governors, foreign diplomats, and news media personnel, as well as maps of Congressional districts.
List of current members and officers of Congress, accompanied by photographs of each. Includes alphabetical list and location of each member's home post office. Directories from the 105th Congress forward are available.
Brief biographical information for more than 11,000 persons who have served in Congress. Some entries include bibliographical references.
Weekly, unbiased account of current activities in Congress. Includes congressional news and analysis, bill tracking, member profiles, committee coverage, government documents, and transcripts.
Annual summary of Congressional activities for a given year.
Published by Congressional Quarterly since 1945, each volume provides a summary and analysis of governmental action during a single four-year presidential term, condensing the legislative, presidential, and political coverage of the CQ Weekly for those years into a single volume that gives an overview of the period, plus additional discussion of earlier years as necessary, along with detailed chronologies of congressional action in major subject areas. Available online through the CQ Press political reference suite.
United States Senate Official site.
Includes directories of senators and committees, information on learning about the Senate and tracking legislative activities, and other resources.
United States House of Representatives Official site.
Includes directories of representatives and committees, as well as information on tracking legislative activities.
Provides online access to the Congressional Directory, the Congressional Record, the Congressional Record Index, the full text of all published versions of bills introduced in Congress, the history of bills, a list of lobbyists, House and Senate executive reports, and House and Senate treaty documents.
Offers full-text of bills from recent (i.e., since 1989) sessions of Congress, searchable by bill number or by keywords and browsable by bill type. Bill summaries and status are available from 1973. Also provides full text of recent issues of Congressional Record, searchable by keyword or speaker and browsable by date and part; and Congressional Record Index, with links from bill numbers to the text of the bills, and links from a Congressional Record page number to the full text of that page.
Includes information about Congress with links to both Congressional Committees and the publications necessary to trace the actions of Congress and legislative histories, e.g. committees, e-mail, calendars, schedules, journals, floor proceedings, rules, bills, votes, etc.
The following sources, all located in the Abstracts and Indexes section on the Third Floor of Willis Library, are useful for identifying hearings, prints, and reports issued by Congress. All can be searched online in ProQuest Congressional.