- THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the
inception of the 104th Congress. It gives access to
Bills, Resolutions Activity in Congress, Congressional
Record Schedules, Calendars, Committee Information,
Presidential Nominations, Treaties, and Government
Resources for Teachers (and students).
- Congress via
- "GovTrack.us is a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC to help
the public research and follow legislation in the United
States Congress and the state legislatures. Our goal is
to promote and innovate government transparency, civic
engagement, and civic education through novel uses of
technology." Many people think that GovTrack is easier to
use than Thomas.
- Published by the Dirksen Congressional Center, it
provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it
works, its members and leaders, and the public policies
- The Senate's Historical Office collects and provides
information on important events, precedents, dates,
statistics, and historical comparisons of current and
past Senate activities for use by members and staff, the
media, scholars, and the general public.
- Clerk of the
- Compared with Thomas (above), this site is oriented
more toward individual House members, including election
- "The Library's mission is to support the Congress in
fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the
progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of
the American people." That said, it is a public library
Page of the Library of Congress
- The Library of Congress offers classroom materials
and professional development to help teachers effectively
use primary sources from the Library's vast digital
collections in their teaching.
- An up-to-date citizen's congressional directory for
the 112th Congress. As of September 01, 2011 there are
538 electronic contact addresses (of which 535 are
Web-based contact forms), and 538 home pages known for
the 540 members of the 112th Congress.
Interest Group Ratings of Members of Congress
- Project Vote Smart reports on performance evaluations
from all special interest groups who provide them,
regardless of issue or bias. Descriptions of
organizations are derived from the mission statement or
description produced by each organization. Project Vote
Smart does not evaluate or edit these descriptions.
- Congressional Budget
Office Home Page
- The CBO provides objective, nonpartisan, and timely
analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on
the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget
- CQ Electronic
- CQ Press (formerly, Congressional quarterly)
publishes widely on U.S. national politics.
Unfortunately, virtually everything costs, but but
students may have access to CQ publications through their
institutional libraries. Here you can see what CQ
Citizen's Congress Watch
- Champions consumer interests before the U.S. Congress
and serves as a government watchdog. "We engage in public
education and advocacy, and are focused on the
-Strengthening health, safety and financial
protections. Our work in this area covers consumer
financial protection, patient safety, consumer product
safety, auto safety and worker safety.
- Ensuring access to the courts to hold corporations
accountable for wrongdoing. Our work in this
area covers forced arbitration, whistleblower
protections, medical liability, preserving state consumer
laws (pre-emption) and court secrecy.
- Strengthening our democracy by exposing and combating
the harmful impact of money in politics. Our work in this
area focuses on money in politics, government
ethics, lobbying reform and open government.