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Legislative Branch
Primary Resources

Congressional Bills Project
This public resource provides information about 400,000 bills introduced in the U.S. Congress, currently 1947-2002, along with extensive information about each bill's progress and sponsor. It is used by researchers to study legislative institutions and behavior; by policy experts to study issue attention in Congress; and even by citizens studying their family.

Congressional Hearings
Congressional hearing are, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. Most Congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held.

Economic Indicators
Economic Indicators Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance.

History of Bills
The History of Bills lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record. It is part of the print Congressional Record Index, which is published biweekly by the Joint Committee on Printing when Congress is in session, but is maintained as a separate application on GPO Access.

How Our Laws Are Made/The Library of Congress: Thomas
"How Our Laws Are Made” reflects changes in congressional procedures since the 22nd edition, which was revised and updated in 2000.

Letters of Delegates to Congress: 1774 - 1789
The twenty-six volumes of the Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789 aims to make available all the documents written by delegates that bear directly upon their work during their years of actual service in the First and Second Continental Congresses, 1774-1789.

U.S. Code
"The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the U.S. Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general laws of the United States."

U.S. Congressional Serial Set
"The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. In general, it includes: committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications."

In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information." Search for Public Laws, Appropriations Bills, Multiple Previous Congresses, Congressional Record, Committee Reports, Presidential Nominations, Treaties, Roll Call Votes, and other lawmaking and congressional resources.

Congressional Research Services:

CRS provides high-quality research and analysis for members of Congress with more than $100 million funding a year. The succinct and well-researched reports on almost every Congress’ subject are valuable resources for academic researchers and general public. Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports unless requesting them from their Member of Congress. Users can retrieve the CRS report from the following places: 

Full Text CRS Report (UNT)  This search database provides many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different resources since 1990. Users can browse the collection by topic or conduct searches for words, title, creators, subject.  

Full Text CRS Report (OPENSRS) This site provides access to CRS full text documents containing reports on environmental topics conventional weapons systems, foreign policy and regional affairs, homeland security, intelligence, the Middle East, national security, nuclear weapons and arms control, secrecy and information policy, space policy, terrorism, and related topics.  

U.S House of Representative  

U.S Senate 

Congressional Directory
Searchable version of the Congressional Directory from the 104th Congress (1995-1996) forward.

Judicial Branch
Primary Resources

Oyez (Supreme Court)
The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court sinc Supreme e the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

Supreme Court Docket
View complete case history. The automated docket system is the Court's case tracking system. It contains information about cases, both pending and decided.

U.S Constitution
Full text U.S Constitution and amendment

Understanding Federal Courts  Developed by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, this official publications is to provide an introduction to the federal judicial system, its organization and administration, and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the government.

FedLaw Federal Law
Provides links to a variety of resources for people doing federal legal research. Includes a Topical and Title Index to the site; a separate subject listing for Federal Laws and Regulations; sections on the Federal Judiciary and the Legislative Branch; and much more.

Supreme Court Decisions (FedWorld)
A full text database of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions issued between 1937 and 1975. Searchable by keyword or case name. 

Supreme Court Opinions (Findlaw)
A full text searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893 to the present. Users can browse by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and search by keyword, citation, case title. 

About Federal Courts
This official site is to provide information about how the courts work, how they are organized, and how they fit into the U.S. system of government. It is useful as an easy reference to help students, the media, and the public learn more about the federal courts. 

About the Judicial Branch
Ben’s guide to judicial braches explain what the judicial branch is  how it work using easy understand language for K 9-12. It is a helpful resource for adult to understand the judicial branch too. 

Supreme Court of the United States

Lower Courts
Special Courts
Court Support Organizations
Executive Branch
Primary Resources

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) “is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis."  

Budget of the United States Government
Annual budget documents provide Congress, State and local governments, and the public with a complete description of the president's budget plans for the coming fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year. 

Economic Report of the President
The annual report written overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. Documents are available in ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), with many of the tables also available for separate viewing and downloading as spreadsheets in xls and comma delimited.

Federal Register
The Federal Register provides a uniform system for making available regulations and legal notices issued by Federal agencies. These include Presidential proclamations and Executive Orders and Federal agency documents having general applicability and legal effect, documents required to be published by act of Congress and other Federal agency documents of public interest. 

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Each volume provides the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events.  

U.S. Government Manual
The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.  

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
It is published every Monday and is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

The White House

Cabinet Department Web Sites
Sub-Cabinet Agencies
Independent and Quasi-Federal Agencies
Federal Departments and Agencies
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