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Go to Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet at http://thomas.loc.gov 

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bulletS. RES. 56 for a Senate resolution, or
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bulletIf you know the number of a House bill - for example:
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then enter the number in the Bill Number box and click on Search

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bulletthe general topic of the bill, or
bulleta phrase that is definitely in the bill, or
bulleta word that is in the bill,

then enter the topic, phrase, or word in the Word/Phrase box and click on Search. The search engine should return first a list of bills containing the exact phrase that you entered, ranked in order of relevance. 

Information on bills before the previous Congresses:

Go to the Bill Summary & Status page of Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet at  http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d106query.html You can do a search for the current or a previous congress:

bulletBy a word or phrase that it contains
bulletBy its subject
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bulletBy its Sponsor or cosponsor
bulletThat is before a House or Senate committee

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Go to http://www.congress.org/, select the Congress radio button, select a state, and click on the GO button beside the state.

An alphabetic list of Representatives' web sites is maintained at http://www.house.gov/ This list also allows a search by Zip code and State. It has a form to send an Email to the your representative.

Go to http://www.senate.gov/, select your state from a pull-down list, and click on Go. You should get a listing of your two senators. Clicking on a senator's name will take you to their home page. They all have an Email link so you can send a letter to their office.

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Find data about a federal House committee:

A list of committee web sites is at: http://www.house.gov/ The page has lists of:

bulletCommittee Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Ranking Minority Member, members, schedule, hearings, etc.
bulletSubcommittees associated with a given committee.
bulletSchedules.
bulletHearings.
bulletA description of the jurisdiction of the committee: areas that it deals with.
bullet"Hot topics" -- press releases of the committees.

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Find data about a Senate committee:

A list of committee web sites is at: http://www.senate.gov/  The page has lists of Senate standing, special, select and other committees. It also has a list of joint Senate/House committees.

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Find data about state legislators, local officials, etc.

Go to http://www.congress.org/, select the State or Local radio button, select a state, and click on the GO button beside the state.

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Contact national or local media:

Go to http://www.congress.org/ enter the Zip code, and click on Go. This web site also allows searches:

bulletFor editors and reporters and producers by their last last name.
bulletFor Newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, etc.

You can also get a state-wide listing by clicking on the U.S. map.

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Originally written: 2000-SEP-18
Latest update: 2005-JUN-11
Author: B.A. Robinson

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