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May 2009

U. S. Senate
The official site of the upper house.
Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


This site offers information about each U. S. Senator, representative, vice president, or member of the Continental Congress, as well as statistical information, organizational chart, active legislation, and much more.
This well organized site has a top and bottom navigation bar for access to the six main areas. Links to other areas are listed in a right and left menu on the front page. Senators for each state can be quickly located from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. The site is also fully searchable by keyword.

Teachers and students will find a wealth of information at the United States Senate Website. There is an abundant amount of information on any senator including links to individual Websites and email addresses and other contact information. The online Biographical Directory offers information on any senator, representative, vice president, or member of the Continental Congress. Committees are covered in depth from membership and assignments to hearings and meetings. Included in this section are judiciary hearing transcripts, a list of nominees to the Court since 1789, and histories of Senate committees. Users can check on current legislation, view legislative statistics, see how the Senators voted and view copies of publications generated by the Senate including bills, reports and committee assignment lists. Of particular interest to students and teachers is a flow chart about how a bill becomes law and the information provided about the legislative process including the enactment of a law, a complete guide to the Senate legislative process and articles discussing nominations, treaties, and filibuster and cloture. A highlight of the site is the Art and History section that includes essays and articles about the people, origins and development of the Senate, brief essays by Senate historian Richard A. Baker, exhibits, special collections, paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, and oral histories of the Senate. If all this isn't enough, there is a reference section that offers a Virtual Reference Desk, statistics, and lists, bibliographies, how to find materials related to the Senate and legislative process, a glossary, and more.



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