Selected Telephone Numbers and Web Sites
with Useful Legislative Information

Part of research materials on LLSDC's Legislative Source Book

Prepared by the Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the
Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., Inc.


Maintained by Scott Bride, Senior Researcher, McDermott Will & Emery; Last updated in August 2015

Congress  -  Cong. Support Organizations  -  Executive Branch
State & Local  - Non-Subscription Web Sites - Subscription Sources


Congress


U.S. Senate Home Page (http://www.senate.gov/)
- -
Schedule, Senators, Leadership, Committees,
- -
Roll Call Votes, Rules, Glossary, History

U.S. House of Representatives Home Page (http://www.house.gov/)
- -
Schedule, Members, Leadership, Committees,
- -
Roll Call Votes, Rules, Historical Highlights

Capitol Switchboard
- - Senate: 202-224-3121 (Operator assistance)
- - House: 202-225-3121 (Operator assistance)

Daily Floor Action & Scheduling Information
Senate: 202-224-6191 (Republican Cloakroom)
- - 202-224-8601 (Republican Cloakroom recording)
- - 202-225-4691 (Democratic Cloakroom),
Democratic Cloakroom
- - 202-224-8541 (Democratic Cloakroom recording)
House: 202-225-7350 (Republican Cloakroom),
Republican Cloakroom
- - 202-225-7430 (Republican Cloakroom recording - action)
- - 202-225-2020 (Republican recording - legislative schedule)
- - 202-225-7330 (Democratic Cloakroom)
- - 202-225-7400 (Democratic Cloakroom recording - action)
- - 202-225-1600 (Democratic recording - legislative schedule)

Congressional Record Daily Digest Inquiries
- - 202-225-2868 (regarding committee meetings)
- - 202-225-1501 (chamber)

Senate Documents Room and House Legislative Resource Center
Senate: 202-224-7701 (availability of bills, reports, laws)
- - Room B-4 Hart Senate Ofc Bldg., Wash, DC 20510
- - (mailed requests include self-addressed mailing label,
- - no more than six different items can be requested)

-- fax requests to 202-228-2815

-- email requests to orders@sec.senate.gov
House: 202-226-5200 (availability of bills, reports, laws)
- - 202-226-4362 (to fax requests - up to 12 different items)
- - Room B-18 Ford House Ofc Bldg., Wash. D.C. 20515

- - (mailed requests include self-addressed label)

-- email requests to info.clerkweb@mail.house.gov
- - (202-225-3874 Chief's office - decides bill distribution)

Enrolling Clerk's Office
- - Senate: 202-224-8427 (status of bill enrollment/signatures)
- - House: 202-225-3153 (status of bill enrollment/signatures)

Executive Clerk's Office -
- - Senate: 202-224-4341 (treaties & nominations info)

Law Revision Counsel (http://uscode.house.gov/)
- - House: 202-226-2411 - Assigns U.S. Code classifications to laws;
- - Updates
U.S. Code classification tables

Legis Office
- - House: 202-225-1772 (status information from 93rd Congress to present;
- - does not include upcoming scheduling information)

Legislative Counsel's Office
- - House: 202-225-6060 (Statute Compilations)
- - Senate: 202-224-6461

Parliamentarian's Office
- - Senate: 202-224-6128 (Senate procedural questions)
- - House: 202-225-7373 (House procedural questions)




Congressional Support Organizations

Congressional Budget Office Publications (http://www.cbo.gov/) - 202-226-2809 -- email requests to publications@cbo.gov

Congressional Research Service Publications - 202-707-7132
- - (Must know CRS report # and they may require you to go through a member of Congress)
- - CRS Reports on House Rules & Practices (http://archives.democrats.rules.house.gov/CRS_Rpt/index.html)
- - CRS reports on Congress & its Procedures as well as other links (http://www.llsdc.org/CRS-Congress/)

Government Accountability Office - Publications - 202-512-6000 (http://www.gao.gov/)

Government Publishing Office; GPO FDsys (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/)
- - CFR, USC, Fed. Register, Public Laws, Cong. Rec., Bills, Reports, Hearings, etc.
- - Document Orders (all materials): 202-512-1800
- - Recording for new GPO Congressional publication sales - 202-512-1809
- - (changed at 8 AM and 2 PM Monday-Friday)
- - Fax orders: 202-512-2104 (all materials)
- - Main Bookstore: 202-512-0132 710 North Capitol St. (8-4:30 pm)
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Law Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/law/index.php) Reading Room: 202-707-5080

Office of Public Records: 202-224-0758 (information on lobbyist registrations)

Congress.gov (replaced THOMAS) (https://www.congress.gov/)
- - Legislative Information on the Internet by the Library of Congress
- - Presidential Nominations, Treaties

 


Executive Branch Agencies with Legislative Information

National Archives
- - Records of Congress (
http://www.archives.gov/legislative/index.html)
- - - - Center for Legislative Archives (202-501-5350 - public accessible committee files 30-50 years old; e-mail questions to inquire@nara.gov)
- - - -
Congressional Collections at Archival Institutions
- - Office of the Federal Register- Contact information: 202-741-6000
- - - -
Publications
- - - - Federal Register
- - - - Documents on Public Inspection (tomorrow's Federal Register docs, laws)
- - - -
Public Laws (Update Service 202-741-6043)
- - - -
Code of Federal Regulations
- - - - Executive Orders of the President - Disposition Tables, Text
- - - - Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

State Department Office of Treaty Affairs: 202-647-1345
- -
Treaty Affairs
- - Treaties in Force (listings)

White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/; 202-456-1111)
- - Executive Clerk's Office: 202-456-2226 (recording on bills received, new laws signed, etc.)
- - Press Office: 202-456-2580
- -
Obama Executive Orders
- - Office of Management & Budget, Statements of Admin. Policy

 


State and Local Government Information

State Legislative History Research Guides (http://www.law.indiana.edu/lib/netres/govt/stateurlslist.html; Indiana Univ.)

State Legislatures, State Laws, and State Regulations: Websites & Telephone Numbers (http://www.llsdc.org/state-legislation; LLSDC)

CourtSystem.org (info/links to local courts, DAs, jails, prisons, police depts, sheriffs) 

 

District of Columbia
- - D.C. Council (
http://dccouncil.us/)
- - - - Legislative Services: 202-724-8050
- - - - D.C. Register: 202-727-5090

Maryland - General Assembly (http://mlis.state.md.us/)
- - State Department of Legislative Services: 301-970-5400
- - Montgomery County Council Legis. Info. Services: 240-777-7910
- - Prince Georges County Public Docs Ref. Library: 301-952-3904

Virginia - General Assembly (http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/)
- - Senate Legis. Information Office: 804-698-7410; email to information@senate.virginia.gov 
- - - - Toll Free No. for Virginia residents: Senate 888-892-6948
- - House of Delegates Informaton: 804-698-1500; e-mail to hics@house.virginia.gov
- - - - Toll Free No. for Virginia residents: House 877-391-3228
- - Alexandria City - Office of the City/Council Clerk: 703-838-4550
- - Arlington County - County Board Chair: 703-228-3130
- - Fairfax County - Board of Supervisors Clerk's Office: 703-324-3151


Other Non-Subscription Legislative Web Sites

Center for Responsive Politics (http://www.opensecrets.org/; campaign contributions, lobbyists)

Center on Congress (http://congress.indiana.edu/; Indiana University)

Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation, A
(http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
U.S. congressional docs & debates: 1774-1875 - Library of Congress)

Checklist of United States Public Documents: 1789 - 1909
(http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1029/ - via Univ. of North Texas Library)

CNN's All Politics (http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/; news, info)

Congress.org (Capitol Advantage; http://www.congress.org/; Cong. guide, major legis.)

Congressional Timeline (http://www.congressionaltimeline.org/
(features historical info - Dirksen Center)

Congress Merge (http://www.congressmerge.com/; who represents you, schedules
, committees & subcommittees)

Congressional Bills: Glossary (https://www.congress.gov/help/legislative-glossary; Congress.gov)

Congressional Research Service Reports
(http://www.llsdc.org/crs-report-links
(LLSDC - Links to most all sources for CRS Reports on the Internet)

Contacting the Congress (http://www.contactingthecongress.org/; web pages,
phone numbers, e-mail addresses)

Cornell's Legal Information Institute - U.S. Code (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text;
(with links to titles, chapters, sections, popular name table)

C-SPAN (http://www.c-span.org/; video & audio programs,
see also news & info on
Congressional Material)

Findlaw - U.S. Code, C.F.R., Fed. Register (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/; with links to titles,
chapters, sections, popular name table)

GovTrack.us (http://www.govtrack.us/ - legislative tracking with blogs and more)

Green Papers, The (http://www.thegreenpapers.com/; state & federal election coverage, party &
political history,
sessions of congress, presidential administrations, etc.)

Legislative Research Guide (http://www.llrx.com/resources7.htm; LLRX.com - links & resources)

Legistorm (http://www.Legistorm.com/ (tracks Congressional salaries, travel, foreign gifts,
campaign money, etc.)

Penny Hill Press (http://www.pennyhill.com/ (abstracts of CRS reports and briefs)

Political Graveyard, The (http://www.politicalgraveyard.com/; bios and info on past politicians)

Politics - Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/
(news & other info - must register)

Presidential Pardons – Wikipedia, Jurist, Dept. of Justice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_pardoned_or_granted_clemency_by_the_President_of_the_United_States)

Project Vote Smart (http://www.vote-smart.org/ (candidate facts, election information)

Schedule of Volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (
http://www.llsdc.org/serial-set-volumes-guide; LLSDC - 1970 to current & an overview of the Serial Set)

Selected Compilations of Laws and Other Congressional Committee Prints (http://www.loc.gov/law/find/compilations.php; Law Library of Congress)

Sunlight Foundation (http://www.SunlightFoundation.com/ (establishes or funds
website projects and grantees that bring greater political transparency)

The Hill (http://www.thehill.com/; news on Capitol Hill)

U.S. Congress: Votes Database (http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/
(roll call votes from 1991 to current by the Washington Post)

Voter Information Services (http://www.vis.org/; advocacy group ratings of candidate records)

 


Subscription Sources With Legislative Information

Bloomberg BNA (http://web.bna.com/; 1-800-372-1033; comprehensive, subject specific
newsletters and daily updates via BloombergLaw

Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) (abstracts & microfiche of Congressional docs
- now part of Proquest

 Congressional Observer Publications (541-745-7110; complete congressional & state vote info)

 CQ Roll Call / CQ.com (http://www.cq.com/; 1-800-432-2250;
large legislative database with info back to 1985;
including CQ Transcripts)

 C-SPAN Video Library (http://www.c-span.org/about/videoLibrary/;
1-877-662-7726; since 1987 recorded floor & hearing tapes available for sale)

 Federal Document Clearing House (http://www.fdch.com/; now called ASC Services LLC
(f/k/a Morningside Partners), 301-731-1728; with congressional hearing transcripts & statements;
now owned by CQ.com)

 Federal News Service (http://www.fnsg.com/; 1-800-211-4020; hearing statements
& selected transcripts); acquired by CQ Roll Call on Dec. 1, 2014

 FedNet(http://www.fednet.net/; 202-393-7300;
live and audio recordings of cong. & reg. hearings & floor debates)

 HeinOnLine(http://www.heinonline.org/; 1-800-828-7571; Federal Registers (1936-present);
Congressional Record (1873-present); selected legislative histories;
U.S. Statutes At Large (1789-present); U.S. Code; C.F.R. editions (from 1930s): & more

Leadership Directories (http://www.leadershipdirectories.com/;
(202) 347-7757; Cong., Federal & State Yellow Books)

 Lexis Advance (https://advance.lexis.com/;
1-800-543-6862; huge database with a host of legislative material)

 National Journal Group (http://www.nationaljournal.com/;
202-739-8400 - news, markup reports)

 Political Resources On-Line (http://www.politicalresources.com/;
1-800-423-2677; candidate & political consultant info)

 Politico http://www.politco.com/ (news on Congress, politcs)

Proquest Congressional (http://cisupa.proquest.com/ws_display.asp?filter=Congressional%20Overview);
(1-800-521-0600; huge databases for past Cong. documents)

Proquest Legislative Insight (http://cisupa.proquest.com/ws_display.asp?filter=Legislative%20Insight%20Overview) very large database of legislative histories from 1789 to present

 Roll Call (http://www.rollcall.com/ (news on Congress, politics)

 State Net (http://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/state-net.page;
1-888-285-3947; State & Federal legislative & regulatory tracking)

 Votenet Solutions (http://www.votenet.com/;
1-800-868-3638 congressional & state campaign software products)

 WestlawNext (https://a.next.westlaw.com/;
1-800-937-8529; huge database with a host of legislative material)


This work was first produced in paper in the early 1990's well before the Internet age.

Maintained by Scott Bride, Senior Researcher, McDermott Will & Emery LLP,  Washington, D.C. 

Last updated in October, 2016

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