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Government Information: Congress

Research Guide for Government Information resources

Representatives and Senators from Georgia

Special election to fill vacant seat for 6th Congressional District (former Rep. Tom Price is now the HHS Secretary).

6th District  --  map, 115th Cong. (released Apr. 2017, from the Census Bureau); earlier map, 113th Cong.

18 candidates qualified -- Election dates:  April 18th, 2017. 

    Runoff -- on June 20th, between:  Jon Ossoff (D) and Karen Handel (R).

    Campaign Finance -- New York Times graphic, of the most expensive Congressional election.

For official ballot for each County, see the 6th Congressional District Special Election Information page from the GA Secretary of State.

 

Profiles of the candidates -- from the Dunwoody Crier

Summary of the election forum on 4/9/17, featuring all candidates. Sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. also from the Dunwoody Crier

Election results:  

       official, from the GA Secretary of State  -- April 18, 2017 . For precinct totals - click on the District race, select county, then precinct

      official, from the GA Secretary of State -- June 20, 2017.

        New York Times has interactive map for the results for the top 3 in each precinct.

WSB-TV - Live real-time election results

       4/18/17 -- 192,084 votes cast (so, 50% + 1 for a majority = 96,043 required to win).

           Jon Ossoff received: 92,390 (48%) ; Karen Handel received: 37,993 (20 %). 

     GA Secretary of State site, official total --

                    Ossoff = 92,673 ; Handel = 38,071

Congress

For detailed tips and strategies, see "Congressional Information Demystified" as well as the accompanying handout "Sources for Congressional Information" - presented at the 2010 COMO conference.

Keeping Current about Congressional activities in general:

     CQ Weekly (subscription; highlights key bills)

     Browse national newspapers' Politics sections - New York Times ; Washington Post (within the section, select "Congress")

Start your search with:

     Congress.gov - database - beta release (FREE - from the Library of Congress. Note: database formerly THOMAS, which is still available)

          Especially useful for: Bill Summary & Status ; Congressional Record searching

     FDsys - database (FREE - from the Government Printing Office)  

          Comprehensive Congressional coverage plus some Executive Branch databases and laws

          Includes the Congressional Record ( DAILY ed.), 1994 to present

     CQ Weekly (subscription; highlights key bills)

     ProQuest Congressional (subscription database) - formerly LexisNexis Congressional

 

Don't know where to start?  Peruse the LLSDC Legislative Sourcebook, from the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC.

 

BILLS and RESOLUTIONS

   1989 to date -- Congress.gov   (click on "Legislation"; may need to know bill #)

   1993 to date -- FDsys.gov 

   1799 - 1873 - House bills (part of Library of Congress  project - A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation)

    1819 - 1873 - Senate bills (also part of A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation)

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

     FDsys (use Advanced Search to select Hearings and enter search terms in drop-down boxes. Has "Witness" search field.)

    within LexisNexis Academic database - CQ Congressional Testimony - is a source.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

DIRECTORIES

Congressional Directory

Congressional Pictorial Directory, released 2015.

Yellow Book (on 4th floor  - JK 1083.B55)

New Member Pictorial Directory: 113th Congress, released Nov. 2012.

New Member Pictorial Directory: 114th Congress, released Nov. 2014

Women in Congress, 1917 to 2017 - EPUB format

Almanac of American Politics (offsite, at Library Services Center - JK 1012.A44 - 1972-2016)

CRS, CBO, and GAO Reports

These agencies submit reports to Congress - these reports summarize key legislation or analyze issues, or provide cost analyses.

CRS Reports - many are available through third party sources, especially:

     OpenCRS

     Federation of American Scientists - focus is on national security, foreign policy and related topics.

     University of North Texas 

     Thurgood Marshall Law Library (Univ. of Maryland) - focus is on CRS reports in homeland security/terrorism and health law and policy.

CBO - Congressional Budget Office - select "Publications" (availale from 1975 onward) or "Cost Estimates".

   Recent publications: Selected CBO Publications Related to Health Care Legislation, 2009-2010 (released Dec. 2010) - In-depth analyses (364 pages)

                 Preliminary Analysis of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (released Jan. 6, 2011)

GAO - Government Accountability Office (until 2004 the Government Accounting Office) - website has full-text to more than 50,000 reports from 1970 onward (select "Reports & Testimonies"). Can also browse a hot topics current list of reports by selecting "Topic Collections".

Historical    

U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection (GT database) - 1789-1969--  One-stop source; broad breadth of coverage.

    Many annual reports and bulletins of agencies and departments are included in this online set. Excellent browsing list of these is on the U. S. Congressional Serial Set Finding List, compiled by Wooster College.

Congressional Record - BOUND edition - digitized (most issues), 1939-2001, 2005-2007.   

Congress and the Nation (KF 49.C65 - offsite, at Library Services Center) - 1945-2009. Key legislation is summarized; also includes legal actions. From Congressional Quarterly.

A Century of Lawmaking (Library of Congress - FREE ) - part of LC's American Memory project, it spans 1774-1875, and contains the "American State Papers" (1789-1838), on these 10 topics:  Claims ; Commerce and Navigation ; Finance ; Foreign Affairs ; Indian Affairs ; Military Affairs ; Naval Affairs ; Post Office ; Public Lands ; Miscellaneous.  Also includes the House Journal and Senate Journal ("the minutes of floor action") from 1789-1875, and predecessors to the Congressional Record (Annals of Congress (1789-1824) ; Register of Debates (1824-37) ; Congressional Globe (1833-73)), as well as the Journal of the Confederate Congress.

 The LLSDC Legislative Sourcebook provides in-depth listings of legal and other databases, in its Finding or Compiling Federal Legislative Histories Electronically .

Special note for non-Tech users :  our subscription databases listed above may be accessed at our visitor terminals inside our library.

 

 

 

 

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