What document is the most retrieved item in the history on FDsys?

| January 17, 2014

FDsys was established by the US government in 2009 to provide secure and archival  access to federal documents. According to a news release on December 11th  2013, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is currently the most retrieved item in FDsys’s history!   As of December 11the 2013, [...]

Allow us to introduce you to Congress.gov!

| November 19, 2013

We recently received a research question regarding H.R. 4646, 111 Cong. (2010).   According to the researcher, the bill levied a 1% tax on all bank transactions; all direct deposits an expenditures.  The researcher stated that they had verified this information as accurate at Snopes.com.  However, this does not entirely settle the question for a [...]

Are you seeking Missouri Legislative History Documents?

| November 12, 2013

At the federal level a legislative history documents consist of bills and their amendments, hearings, committee reports, debates, and presidential statements which are easily accessible both in print and online via FDSys.  The Missouri General Assembly on the other hand does not publish any committee hearing or reports for public access. There are very few [...]

From the Library of Congress …

| September 20, 2012

The Library of Congress announced a new free, fact-based Legislative Information site yesterday, http://beta.Congress.gov, which will eventually replace Thomas.

Reading of the U.S. Constitution in the House of Representatives

| January 6, 2011

This morning, the House of Representatives’ first order of business is a reading of the U.S. Constitution. Watch it live here. Want to follow along?  Check out the National Archive’s online exhibit about the Constitution.  The site has a copy of the complete text of the Constitution including the Bill of Rights and the remaining [...]

112th Congress Convenes Today

| January 5, 2011

The 112th Congress officially convenes today. With the government’s embracing of social media and web 2.0 technology, there’s a plethora of options available for keeping track of the latest legislative news. Watch live feed from the floor of the House of Representatives here and take a look at the group photo of the 112th’s Freshmen [...]

Required Reading: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

| July 27, 2010

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dodd-Frank Act, there’s some library resources to help you. Check out CCH’s new title, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Law, Explanation and Analysis.  Available through our CCH Intelliconnect database, this publication walks the reader through the entire Dodd-Frank Act.  Useful commentary is included as [...]