This page lists lots of Internet-based resources for getting information on Congress and the rest of the Federal Government. This is just a quick summary of those resources. The Federal Government maintains a site called FirstGov which is supposed to help citizens navigate the huge number of government web sites. I highly suggest you start your search there if this page doesn't contain what you are looking for.
This page is divided into the following sections:
The United States Senate has members which are elected to six year terms by voters from the entire state. There are two Senators per state. In any given election year, roughly one third of Senators are up for re-election. The following services on the Internet are related to the Senate:
of the Senate:
The Senate committee structure includes Standing Committees (which generally have legislative jurisdiction) and Select, Special, Other, and Joint Committees (which are chiefly for oversight or housekeeping tasks). Full Senate Committee and Subcommittee information is available on the Committees and Subcommittees page.
A quick look at the Senate Leadership will reveal that the leadership is divided by political party. This is also evident in the existence of the following committees and conferences WWW homepages:
Senate Schedule and Activities
Keeping track of what is going on in the Senate is important if you are planning when you need to contact your Senators. Here are some sites that can help you track down which committees are discussing what matters...
The United States House of Representatives has members which are elected
to two year terms by voters of "district" within a state. The
number of districts a state has (and thus the number of Representatives
in the House) is determined by it's population, with an absolute minimum
of one Representative per state. All members of the House of Representative
are up for election every election year. The House also has non-voting
"delegates" from territories of the United States (Puerto Rico,
Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The following services
on the Internet are related to the House of Representatives:
of the House of Representatives:
Like the Senate, the House's lawmaking efforts are very complex, so the work gets broken up into committees and subcommittees. Complete contact information for all House Committees and Subcommittees is available on the Committees and Subcommittees page.
House of Representatives Leadership
Again, like the Senate, the House Leadership from the two major parties have set up some partisan committees. They offer the following partisan pages on there computers:
House Schedule and Activities
Keeping track of what is going on in the House is important if you are planning when you need to contact your Representative. Here are some sites that can help you track down which committees are discussing what matters...
Along with services directly related to the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, there are other online services offered by the United States Government or related to it that can be helpful in allowing your to be an informed constituent and voter.
There are also several other online services designed to help you be a more informed constituent and voter. I have assembled a list of some of those services here, making an effort to use only non-partisan services.
Last Updated: Thursday, January 03, 2013 12:14:19 CST