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Senate Resources

The following links provide resources about the United States Senate and what we're doing to serve you.


Senate History
The Senate Historical Office collects and provides information on important events, precedents, dates, statistics, and historical comparisons of current and past Senate activities for use by members and staff, the media, scholars, and the general public.


Senate Structure and Committees
Senate Organization Chart for the 112th Congress provides information on the structure of the Senate, Senate leadership, committee chairmen, and Senate officers.


How A Senate Bill Becomes a Law
This PDF explains the process for how a bill becomes a law, from when the bill is drafted to when it is signed into law by the President of the United States. It also provides details on committee actions, presidential actions and the amendment process.


Glossary of Terms
The Glossary of Terms provided by the United States Senate provides a list of key terms which you may come across while researching Senate business.


Rules & Responsibilities
The legislative process on the Senate floor is governed by a set of standing rules, a body of precedents created by rulings of presiding officers or by votes of the Senate, a variety of established and customary practices, and ad hoc arrangements the Senate makes to meet specific parliamentary and political circumstances.


Types of Sessions
The United States Senate website describes the different types of sessions that take place in the Senate.


Additional Resources
The United States Senate Virtual Reference Desk is a clearinghouse of Senate information on the Web and guides to resources in libraries and archives.


How To Guide
The How To Guide provided by the United States Senate explains how to find materials related to the legislative process and the Senate.


Search for Bills with THOMAS
In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, THOMAS provides the most up-to-date legislative information from the Library of Congress. Use THOMAS to search for bills by number, sponsor, title and more.


Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate Floor Schedule will tell you what is happening and upcoming on the floor of the Senate at any given time.


Daily Congressional Activities
The Library of Congress Daily Digest provides a database that notes the daily activities for each day the Senate is in session, including links to relevant legislation.


Weekly Committee Schedule
The United States Senate Daily Committee Schedule provides information on committee meetings and hearings scheduled for the current day, as well as the time and location for each one.

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