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C-SPAN is 35!

This week, C-SPAN marks 35 years of coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. On March 19, 1979, the House opened its sessions to live television cameras. C-SPAN, a commercial-free public service for cable customers, continues to to televise every … Continue reading

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Simplify Legislative History Searching

If you dislike doing legislative history, then Legislative Insight is your new best friend. This database contains over 18,000 Federal legislative histories going back to 1929 and is continually updating its holdings.  All you need to provide is the bill … Continue reading

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New ways to follow the U.S. House of Representatives

The Office of the Clerk has rolled out a new search tool for live and on-demand video access to proceedings on the Floor of the House, both regular sessions and special events. The tool is called HouseLive. The Speaker of … Continue reading

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Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2012

This report by the Congressional Research Service briefly describes current responsibilities and selection mechanisms for 15 House and Senate party leadership posts and provides tables with historical data, including service dates, party affiliation, and other information for each. Tables have … Continue reading

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Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief Overview

With the public debt limit looming, this report by the Congressional Research Service takes a look at the different procedures available for Congress to adjust the public debt limit.  Or the treasury could always print a 1 Trillion dollar coin.

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Ratification Online

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, but there was a lot more that had to happen before the proposed Constitution was ratified.  In fact, the Congress initially spent a couple of days debating whether to censure the delegates to … Continue reading

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Congress.gov: The New Home for Legislative Information

Congress.gov makes federal United States legislative information freely available to the public. Launched Sept. 19, 2012, this version of the site is an initial beta release of Congress.gov, created as a successor to THOMAS.gov, the current public site for legislative … Continue reading

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