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Facts of Congress: How a Bill Becomes a Law
How Our Laws Are Made
How Our Laws Are Made / by John V. Sullivan, Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives. 110th Congress 1st Session.
Use this official U.S. government brochure to get a basic outline of the numerous steps of the federal lawmaking process from the source of an idea for a legislative proposal through its publication as a statute. You can view the Table of Contents in the web-friendly version here.
Portals to Government Information on the Web
StateScape Billfinder Search
A free bill tracking service.
Keep up to date with federal precedents as they are established by the 13 Federal Circuit courts. Includes over 204,000 documents, including most of the US Supreme Court records dating back to 1754 and provides access to the nonprecedential opinions of the US circuit courts.
Subject Links to Government Publications, from the UW Libraries
Use this to find a wealth of information on government sources for health information, labor, employment, and the environment among other topics.
Federal Government Links
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Use this to find federal publications from 1976-present that include descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.
"Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service."
This is GPO's beta website that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website.
GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Governmental Acroonyms & Abbreviations
Use this to find lists of U.S. government agency, office, program, and publication acronyms.
National Center for Education Statistics: State Data Profiles
Use this tool to search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, public libraries, assessments, and selected demographics for all states.
NTIS: National Technical Information Service
Search for government-funded information on science, business, engineering, and technical research. Includes international government-funded research reports.
Office of the Law Revision Counsel: United States Code
Use this to find the general and permanent laws of the United States.
United States Courts
Find information about the federal judiciary, including judicial statistics, up-to-date news, videos, and articles on issues and stories relating to the federal courts.
The U.S. government's official web site: search for consumer information on topics from health and nutrition to business and the economy. Government agency web sites are also linked here.
Online Books and Reports
Occupational Outlook Handboook
Learn about employment prospects, training and education, and salaries for hundreds of jobs
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Published since 1878, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the U.S.