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The legislative branch is made up of the House and Senate, known collectively as the Congress. Among other powers, the legislative branch makes all laws, declares war, regulates interstate and foreign commerce and controls taxing and spending policies.
(Text from https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government)
Websites: U.S. Constitution Text Related to the Legislative Branch
Websites: Official Congressional Sites
Website of the U.S. Congress, the official source for following congressional activity. Here you can follow legislation as it moves through the House and Senate, lookup committee and member profiles, watch video from the House and Senate floor, as well as video of committee hearings.
United States House of Representatives
Includes links to Representatives websites, and Committee websites, Congressional schedule information, vote information and information on legislation before the House.
United States Senate
Includes links to Senators and Committee websites, and information on Legislation and Records, nominations and treaties.
The official record of the proceedings and debates on the floor of Congress (1994 to the present).
Reports from the office of the President, independent agencies, international agreements, submitted to committees of Congress.
Includes House and Senate Appropriations Hearings. Good for browsing all committees.
Congressional Committee Prints
Congressional Committee Prints are publications issued by Congressional Committees that include topics related to their legislative or research activities, as well as other matters such as memorial tributes. Some basic categories of Congressional Committee Prints are: draft reports and bills, directories, statistical materials, investigative reports, historical reports, situational studies, confidential staff reports, hearings, and legislative analyses.
Statutes at Large
The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.
Websites: About The Legislative Process
The following represent just a few of the books in the University Library on the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Search the Library Catalog to find additional books.
Neither separate nor equal : Congress in the 1790s by
Call Number: JK1041 .N45 2000
Located on Library North 4
"Scholars today take for granted the existence of a “wall of separation” dividing the three branches of the federal government. Neither Separate nor Equal: Congress in the 1790s demonstrates that such lines of separation among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, however, were neither so clearly delineated nor observed in the first decade of the federal government's history."
Researching Legislative Histories
Use the following resources to search for legislative histories (the documents that are produced by Congress as a bill is introduced, studied and debated).
Use the ProQuest Congressional database to research legislative histories (the documents that are produced by Congress as a bill is introduced, studied and debated).
Legislative Insight (ProQuest)
Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws. These publications can include committee reports, analysis by legislative counsel, committee hearings, floor debates, and histories of actions taken.