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Accountability of Elected Officials
Career Paths to Congress
Chaplains in the U.S. Congress
House Ethics Process
House/Senate Differences
Lame Duck Congress: Attendance and Voting
Members of Congress: A Job Description
Members of Congress: Who Do They Represent?
Oath of Office for Members of Congress
Pledge of Allegiance: Standing for the Pledge
Pledge of Allegiance: Use in Congress
Qualifications to Run for Congress
Senate: 50-50 Split?
Senate Majority Leader: A Job Description
Sessions of Congress: Lengths
Size of House and Senate
Speaker of the House: a Job Description
Amending the Constitution
Constitutionality of Legislation
August Recesses
First Congress
GOP: Origins of Term
Ideology: Left or Right
Lame Duck Congress: Definition
Party Animals: the Donkey and the Elephant
Statue of Freedom
U.S. Citizenship Test
Amendment Tree in the Senate
Changing a Law
Conference Committees: In Decline
Conference Committees: Procedures
“Deem and Pass” Procedure
Executive Orders
Holds in the Senate
How to Find Basic Legislative Information
How to Keep Up With Congress
Types of Legislation

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How to Find Basic Legislative Information

Where can I get basic legislative information: status of a bill, sponsorship of the legislation, etc.?

How To Find Basic Legislative Information by Ilona NickelsYou can do some research yourself on-line, or you can ask your Representative or either of your two Senators to answer your legislative question.

Basic legislative information is readily obtainable from the THOMAS website, a service of the Library of Congress. Once there, you can identify legislation by bill number, subject matter, or sponsor and then obtain its status.

To identify your Member of the House visit:
For your two Senators, visit:

Members of Congress regularly provide legislative and background information to their constituents. You can submit your legislative questions to them by:

(1) Phoning any Member's office at (202) 224-3121.

(2) Writing any House Member at U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 or any Senator at U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510.

(3) E-mailing Senators by visiting "Contacting the Senate"

(4) E-mailing Representatives by visiting: "Write Your Representative"

If you choose to e-mail, please remember that most Members will only answer e-mails from their own constituents and many will require you to submit your zip code before you can transmit an electronic message to them. The average Member represents 650,000 people and Senators the entire population of a state. Given the large number of communications from those to whom they are directly accountable, most Members do not even try to keep up with correspondence from non-constituents.