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United States - Congress


The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States of America. It consists of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election.
As provided by the United States Constitution, each of the 435 members of the House of Representatives represents a district and serves a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among the states by population. The 100 Senators serve staggered six-year terms. Each state has two senators, regardless of population. Every two years, approximately one-third of the Senate is elected.

Congress is the legislative branch of the American government and has the primary function of making laws. The Library of Congress (Thomas) describes this process in the document, How Our Laws Are Made, and also provides the full text of laws online from the 101st Congress (1989) - current. From 1927 - current, the John & Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library has United States Code Annotated, Law statutes in print at KF 62 1927.U55.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac DBW Per Ref 1945-2008, 2008 - DBW Ref JK 1.C672. The almanac records Congressional activities. It is useful to determine dates, chronologies, bill titles and numbers. It also provides succinct analysis on issues related to a particular piece of legislation.

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