In making this series we found a few indispensable resources on the web which helped us understand the legislative process, civic participation, and immigration policy. We hope you will explore them too.
The Big Picture
Migration Policy Institute
To learn more about immigration policy, we think the best place to start is with the think tank that came up with "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" -- MPI, the Migration Policy Institute.
Sites we like to check in on
Subtitled "A Commonplace Book of This & That in American Political Life". This is a friend's thoughtful meditation on the deeper questions of our political life. A site that should be far more widely read.
In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress -- and the first place to look for all kinds of answers.
Library of Congress
Within the Library of Congress site youâ€™ll find the Congressional Record, a searchable database of House and Senate Floor transcripts going back to the 101st Congress (1989-1990).
The Congressional Record
Government Printing Office: Executive Branch
In the Executive Branch section you can find administrative documents detailing the Budget, Executive Orders, the State of the Union speeches, and specific regulations like Davis-Bacon Wage determinations and the U.S. Government Manual.
Government Printing Office: Judiciary Branch
Search the Judiciary Branch section for the Constitution, Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 2000, or committee reports from the Judiciary Committees of each Chamber of Congress
Government Printing Office: Legislative Branch
We used the GPOâ€™s Legislative Branch section to find committee reports, conference reports, histories of bills, calendars for previous Congresses, parliamentary rules for each chamber, they even have a searchable version of the US Code.
Official website of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Official website of the U.S. Senate.
The White House
The official White House website.
Senate TV Gallery Daylist
When youâ€™re in DC itâ€™s a challenge to keep track of everything that happens on the Hill. We found the best way to stay on top of things were the â€œdaylistsâ€. Here's the one for the Senate Radio & TV Gallery.
House TV Gallery Daylist
And here's the one for the House Radio & TV Gallery.
C-SPAN Video Archives
One of our favorite parts of C-SPAN is their Congressional Chronicle. Theyâ€™ve made 160,000 hours of their video archives searchable and viewable on line, so any Floor speech given since 1987 is watchable.
Watch C-SPAN live.