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In God We Trust

When I began my research on the history of this national motto which prominently appears on U.S. currency, I glanced at the Wikipedia article on “In God we trust.”  The entry contends that the motto was inspired by the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner: “Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And […]

History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives: A One-Stop-Shop for House Heritage

The following is a guest post by Laura Turner O’Hara, Historical Publications Specialist in the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. What powers does the Constitution grant the House of Representatives? How many women Members of Congress are from Nebraska? What was the mood on Capitol Hill during the Bonus March? Why are […]

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.  This year, March has also seen the Centennial of the 1913 Suffrage March, and International Women’s Day.  Women’s History Month was established in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 to establish Women’s History Week.  Both this law and the subsequent Presidential Proclamation 4903 speak to the important role women played […]

Six Months of Congress.gov

It has been six months since we introduced Congress.gov. During that time we’ve been busy working to develop the beta into a full system. The first update after the September launch was in October when we made searching variants of citations easier. In November we continued to revise Congress.gov. With the start of the 113th Congress […]

Washington’s Farewell Address

In 1796, towards the end of his second term, President Washington wrote a letter to the “People of the United States” in which he announced that he would not be seeking a third term.  This letter to the nation was originally published in the American Daily Advertiser and then in other papers throughout the country but […]

Concurrent Resolutions for Lying in State

The recent passing of Senator Inouye [D-HI] led to a discussion among some friends about who can lie in state in the Capitol.  I asked the Law Library’s instructional librarian, Pam Craig, whether it took an act of Congress to permit this.  And indeed it does. To allow the Capitol’s rotunda to be used for […]

Congressional Record Added to Congress.gov

Following the launch of Congress.gov in September 2012, we made minor updates in October and November, and made the transition to the 113th Congress at the beginning of January.  Today, our public beta gets a big enhancement with the addition of the Congressional Record. The Congressional Record page defaults to the most recent issue with the tab for the Daily Digest selected and […]

The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

I had an interesting query a few months ago from a patron about a proposed constitutional amendment which the patron believed President Lincoln had signed.  This was unusual in itself since Article V of the U.S. Constitution does not require presidents to sign constitutional amendments passed by Congress.  The key to this query was the date […]