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The chief function of Congress is the making of laws. The legislative process comprises a number of steps. Visit my page on How Congress Works to learn about how a bill becomes a law, the responsibilies of a Member of Congress and links to various resources on Congress.
Proceedings of the House
The Congressional Record is the official transcript of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress. The full text of the Congressional Record is published the day after each meeting of the House or Senate.
A summary of what is currently happening on the Floor of the House is available as the debate occurs. You can also view the House Floor schedules for this week and the House calendar for the current year.
Roll Call Votes
A roll call vote records how each Member of the House voted, but only a minority of bills receive a roll call vote. Learn more about compiling a Member voting record and how to read the roll call information.
View my voting record for the 112th Congress by searching Roll Call Votes. You can also view my vote information for previous Congresses, as well as search Roll Call Votes dating back to the very first session of Congress in 1789.
Rules and Precedents of the House
The House Rules and Precedents are the official documents that spell out the process by which legislation is considered by the House and its committees; as well as specifying the authority of the officers and committees of the House. Several collections of material explaining the rules and precedents are available through the Democratic Office of the House Rules Committee:
- General Parliamentary Procedure
- House Committee Procedures
- House Floor Procedures
- House and Senate Parliamentary Procedure (originally compiled by the Congressional Research Services of the Library of Congress)
Schedules of the House
You may visit Thomas, a service of the Library of Congress, to search legislation in the House or Senate.
Sponsored and Co-sponsored Legislation
Before a proposed piece of legislation can be considered by the House of Representatives, it must first be sponsored by a Member of Congress (either a Member of the House or a Member of the Senate). Members of Congress who are not the primary sponsor of a piece of legislation may express their strong support for the legislation by becoming a co-sponsor of that legislation. Learn more about the legislation that I sponsored or co-sponsored.