Congressional Legislative Information
Tired of second-hand reports about what Congress "decided"? Show your students how to check the actual, factual record. You can use the Internet to bring civics education to life.
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.
It is maintained by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
The site is usually updated the morning after each session adjourns.
A companion to Congress.gov, this Library of Congress web site archives selected Congressional documents from the first 100 years of the U.S. Congress (1774-1875).
GovTrack follows the status of all bills in Congress from introduction to enactment. Read the text of bills and see how bills change through their life cycle. You can locate bills by subject or keyword and be alerted when legislation you or your class are interested in is introduced or moves through the House and Senate.
A lot of the work of Congress is mundane. How else would you find out there is a "National Mentoring Month"?
For a class project, pick a (non-controversial) bill of interest to your class and follow it week-by-week as it works its way thru congress.
On January 29, 2015, this resolution was submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment. Use this link to learn more about the resolution, who submitted it, and the resolution's details.
Select a bill or resolution of interest to your class and check its history.
Using the Congress.gov site, you can track a bill thru the legislative process. Pick one (or a few) of interest to your class or your community and follow it on a day-to-day basis.
Acting under a Congressional directive to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS web site online in January 1995.
The first database made available was Bill Text, followed shortly by Congressional Record Text, Bill Summary & Status, the Congressional Record Index, and the Constitution (now found, along with other historical Congressional documents, under the "Historical Documents" category on the THOMAS home page).
This FAQ explains why the site was replaced and how to access an archived copy.