EAS 562 Professor Sara Hughes and Professor Steven L. Yaffee

Legislative Branch Resources

  • U.S. House of Representatives: Official web site of the House of Representatives, includes links for Committees, Members, the Congressional Schedule, and background on the legislative process.
  • U.S. Senate: Official web site of the Senate, includes links for Committees, Senators, the Committee Hearing Schedule, and background on the working of the Senate.

Bill Information

  • Congress.gov:: Information on current and past legislation, including bill text, summaries, sponsors, and actions.
  • LegiStorm: Minute by minute updates on Congressional action and daily committee schedules.
  • United States Code (U.S.C.): The US Code, generated from the US House of Representatives. The USC is searchable by keyword and has a convenient Table of Popular Names of Acts that have been signed into law.
  • Public Laws: Online access to the collection of laws enacted 1995 through the present. Includes catalogues of available Public Laws. Also searchable by terms.
  • Library of Congress: Links to Members, Committees, and independent entities like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).
  • GAO Reports Reports by the General Accounting Office, usually requested by Congress, evaluating the implementation of laws or regulations. Reports are searchable by subject, date, title.
  • ProQuest Congressional: (UMich only, requires library password) hearing transcripts, member information, bill texts, regulations, Congressional Record references, legislative histories, CIS references, and great links.
  • Congressional Record Index: Keyword index to the Congressional Record since 1983, the official record of the proceedings and debates in the Congress.
  • ProPublica Represent: Provides information on lawmakers, the bills they consider, and the votes they take (and miss). You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties, and compare voting records.

Background on Members of Congress

  • Project Vote Smart: A site with a lot of information: biographical data, campaign finances, issue positions, voting records, interest group ratings, legislation status, issues links, and more!
  • Lexis-Nexis Universe: (UMich only, requires library password) State profiles and biographical information. Database of local and regional newspapers is also an excellent resource for local coverage of races.
  • opensecrets.org:Where are Members getting their money? Contribution reports broken down by geographic area, and interest groups; personal financial disclosures, and more. Sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Social Media

  • Politiwoops: A record of tweets deleted by public officials , including people currently in office and candidates for offics.
  • Mashable Twitter List: A list generated by Mashable News of who to follow on Twitter to stay informed during Trump's presidency.

Congressional Committees

  • Committees: Overview of all House and Senate committees.

House Environmental Committees

Senate Environmental Committees