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U.S. Federal Government: Legislative

Introduction

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Congress is the legislative branch of the United States federal government, separated into two bodies: the House of Representatives (which has 435 voting members), and the Senate (which has 100 voting members). Congress has authority over the federal budget, and holds the power to investigate and oversee the executive branch.

Materials produced by Congress include bills and laws, transcripts of hearings and expert testimony, and committee reports.

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Government Information Library

The Government Information Library is a regional library of the Federal Depository Library Program as well as a depository of Colorado state, United Nations, and European Union information. It consists of over five million items from the United States government, Colorado and other state governments, foreign governments, and international governmental organizations like the UN. As a federal depository, the Library also offers assistance and its collections to members of the public. This includes providing public computers for unrestricted access to government information on the Internet.

We offer a wide array of services to support students, staff, and faculty, including online guides for research, one-on-one consultations, class instruction, phone, email, and walk-in reference.

 

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Information is arranged by government entity or agency. The agency is the best place to start.

  • Identify the agency by searching for keywords in USA.gov or the IGO/NGO search below.
  • Scan the results to identify relevant agencies. 
  • Search for and go to the agency homepage. 
  • Take a quick look at the menu. 
  • When all else fails, ask for help!

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Capitol Visitor's Center Event (photo by Debbie McCallum)

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