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Legislative Branch: Sources and Analysis Tools (online)

The Legislative Branch includes the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Agencies that support Congress. These resources include both the main government pages and resources for tracking and analyzing the work of Congress

Primary Congressional Resources

The primary sites for information on the members and activity of Congress.
  • Free online resource United States Senate

    Coverage: Full Text
    Primary website of the Senate, including current senators, voting satistics, nominations, sessions of Congress, FAQs, more.

  • Free online resource United States House of Representatives

    Primary webpage of the House of Representatives, including current office holders, legislation, voting histories, directories, educational resources, legislative archive

  • Free online resource Federal Goverment: Legislative Branch

    Coverage: current
    The Legislative Branch includes the Senate and the House of Representatives, supported by 12 agencies. Information on current House and Senate members, current legislation and voting are available here along with supplementary training material.


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Analysis Tools

Bill tracking, analysis, news, publications, links to the CFR and Federal Register.
  • Off-campus access restricted to UMBC Students, Faculty and Staff Congressional Publications (ProQuest)

    Coverage: Some Full Text
    Provides indexing and some full text for Congressional hearings, legislation, public laws, and legal research. Includes congressional publications, legislative histories (1970-present), and bills. Contains the US Code, voting records, congressional documents, the Congressional Record,the Federal Register (1980 - present) and the CFR. (Formerly LexisNexis Congressional)

  • Free online resource House and Senate Roll Call Votes

    Coverage: 1989-current
    House and Senate bills with roll call votes. Includes links to summaries, full-text and related bills. 101st Congress to current session

  • Off-campus access restricted to UMBC Students, Faculty and Staff CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Weekly

    Coverage: 1983-current
    In-depth reports on issues looming in Congress, along with a complete wrap up of the previous week's news; includes the status of bills in play, behind the scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and roll-call votes.

  • Free online resource Thomas Legislative Database from Library of Congress

    Coverage: varies
    Congressional news; bill summary, status and full-text; Congressional Record 1994 - pres.; committee information; historical documents and debates; essays on the legislative process; and more.


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Directories and Communication Tools

Biographical & contact information, committee assignments, comment and feedback links
  • Free online resource Legistalker: online activity of members of Congress

    very day, Congress relies more and more on the Internet to communicate with the world. Legistalker makes it easy for you to stay on top of what your elected officials say and how they vote. The ever-growing database is updated every 20 seconds, and relies on data from Twitter, YouTube, Capitol Words, literally hundreds of different news sources, and others.

  • Free online resource Congress.org

    Coverage: varies
    Directory of congressional members (House and Senate) and their committee assignments, biographical information and contact information.

  • Free online resource Legislative Source Book

    Coverage: current
    Published by the Law Librarians' Society of Washington D.C., this source includes links to Internet and Online Sources of Legislative and Regulatory Information, links to House and Senate documents and hearings, and legislative telephone numbers.


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