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U.S. Congress: Subject Guide: Intro - Membership, Structure, & Legislation

This research guide will help you find information and resources on the U.S. Congress. Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.

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Roll Call

Online newspaper covering Congress, "inside and out."

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CQ Almanac


CQ Press publishes products that focus on American Government and politics. CQ Almanac is an important annual reference for studying the U.S. Congress.  Articles are written, primarily, by journalists. The articles are not scholarly research but rather excellent reporting.

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Constitutional Authority

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The powers of the U.S. Congress are granted through the U.S. Constitution. Congress is mentioned in several sections of the Consitution however much is in Article I, Section 8.

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Congress, Membership & Structure

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Legislative Histories

A legislative history is a compilation of the materials generated during the course of creating legislation. Legislative history is used for discovering the legislative intent. Use the information in the attached documents for locating resouces used in compiling Federal or state of Georgia legislative histories.


The acts and resolutions of each session of Congress are collected in the series Statutes At Large.

Remember, each Congress has 2 sessions, each session is (very roughly) one calendar year.

For example: 111th Congress:

  • Session 1:  January 6, 2009 - December 24, 2009
  • Session 2:  January 5, 2010 - December 29, 2010

Complete collection of the United States Statutes At Large (through 2010)