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Tip of the Congressional Iceberg

The following is a guest post by Margaret Wood, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Directorate. At the start of a new Congress, the librarians at the reference desk in the Law Library of Congress’ Reading Room receive a flurry of questions about Congress, THOMAS, and the legislative process.  So, at the start of […]

Lame Duck

Now that the 111th Congress is officially over, we can start preparing for the 112th!  Since the election in November, the House and Senate were busy putting the final touches on several pieces of legislation.   This is commonly referred to as a lame-duck session.  So what is a lame-duck session? When Congress is in […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although I’m from New Zealand, my mother is American and my family gets together with other American Kiwis to celebrate Thanksgiving each year.  However, as there is no public holiday for this day, we tend to need to improvise with dates, with Thanksgiving dinner generally occurring on a weekend some time between October and January.  […]

UK Legal Resources Provided Online by the Law Library of Congress

I have decided to take advantage of the blog to draw a little attention to some of the legal research aids for my primary jurisdiction, the United Kingdom, that we have available online through the Law Library of Congress website.  There are a mixture of resources available from this site on the U.K., from research guides […]

Happy Veterans Day!

Whether or not you’re enjoying the day off, take a minute today to explore the Library’s Veterans History Project. There’s also a bill in THOMAS, S.Res. 670, that would designate this week beginning on Monday, November 8, 2010, as “National Veterans History Project Week.” Want to learn more about Veterans Day?  The Department of Veterans […]

Our First Century of Lawmaking and More

While I frequently mention THOMAS, I should point out that other parts of our website also feature legislative information, especially historic information.  We have one of the most complete collections of U.S. Congressional documents in their original format.  A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation provides access to U.S. congressional documents and debates from […]

A Bill by Any Other Name

You might remember hearing about an “amendment in the nature of a substitute,” sometimes referred to as a “vehicle bill,” during the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590).  An amendment in the nature of a substitute is an amendment that would strike out the entire text of a bill after […]

Where to Watch Congress Online

This has been a great year for watching Congress online!  C-SPAN launched their Video Library .  It is an incredible resource that contains: …[e]very C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, …in the C-SPAN Archives and [is] immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN […]

Welcome Back, Congress

We’ve been busy the last few weeks prepping and enhancing THOMAS for this week.  I’ve enjoyed watching the message spread about the changes to THOMAS.  I was fortunate enough to be able to do my first radio interview discussing our enhancements from this year for the DorobekInsider on Federal News Radio.  (How many places besides […]