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A Guide to Government Information Sources

Legislative branch

The Capitol Building, where Congress meets.Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.

Use the drop-down menu to the left to learn about the legislative process and how to research bills and laws.