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This guide contains information about American and international governments and elections.

About the U.S. Congress & History

United States House of Representatives - WikipediaThe U.S. House of Representatives

How Elections Work In the U.S. House of Representatives


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About the U.S. Senate

Who's In the U.S. Senate - Find Senators By State

Senate Votes

Candidate Biographies

Web Sources For Congressional Candidate Biographies


Congressional Offices

CRS, CBO, and GAO Reports

These agencies submit reports to Congress - these reports summarize key legislation or analyze issues, or provide cost analyses.

Congressional Research Service (CRS Reports) - many are available through third-party sources, especially:

     Federation of American Scientists - the focus is on national security, foreign policy, and related topics.

     University of North Texas 

     Thurgood Marshall Law Library (Univ. of Maryland) - the focus is on CRS reports in homeland security/terrorism and health law and policy.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - select "Publications" (available from 1975 onward) or "Cost Estimates".

CBO is strictly nonpartisan; conducts objective, impartial analysis; and hires its employees solely on the basis of professional competence without regard to political affiliation. CBO does not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate summarizes the methodology underlying the analysis.

Government Accountability Office (GAO)- (until 2004 the Government Accounting Office) - This website has full-text to more than 50,000 reports from 1970 onward (select "Reports & Testimonies"). Can also browse hot topics' current list of reports by selecting "Topic Collections".

Find Your Congressional District: The National Map

Constitutional and Legislative Election and Voting Requireents

Campaign Financing