Online Tools

Government Information

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Find your members of Congress and track their votes.
Project VoteSmart – Access information about politicians’ voting records, issue positions, campaign finance and other indicators.
Senate Explained – A resource for questions related to Senate practices and procedures.
House Explained – A resource for questions related to House practices and procedures.
How Our Laws Are Made – A primer on lawmaking from the Library of Congress.

Research Tools
Congressional Budget Office – Produces cost estimates and other analyses for legislation.
Government Accountability Office – Produces investigative reports and other analyses of government performance and accountability.
Thomas – An online catalog of full-text legislation and other resources for researching policy issues.
House Documents –A resource for obtaining House bills, resolutions, committee reports and other documents in print or online.
Senate Documents – A resource for obtaining Senate bills, resolutions, committee reports and other documents in print or online.

Preparing for Policy Interaction
Communicating Science – A partnership between AAAS and NSF to provide scientists and engineers with resources for communicating scientific ideas, concepts and needs to people outside the field, including policymakers.
How-to Video for scientists preparing to meet with congressmen (American Chemical Society).
Science TED Talks offer examples of how to present complex science to a general audience.

Senate Calendar
House Calendar