Did you know that the two trillion (and counting) dollar coronavirus (Covid-19) law started out as a January 24, 2019, revenue bill out of the House of Representatives? (HR 748, 116th Congress, 2019-2020)?
For the record, the 880 page enrolled bill (version passed by both Chambers) was signed by the President on March 27, 2020. [The P.L. number is 116-136.]
So, my question to colleagues was:
You can go directly to the Law Library of Congress “Coronavirus Resource Guide” or if you want additional information on what Congress is doing, visit Congress dot gov. (You can link on Law Library News from there, too.)
“This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports ….” [Link to Law Library of Congress blog post for more information and updates.]
The constitutionally mandated U.S. census form (and a link to the online form) should be awaiting your attention, perhaps it’s on your kitchen table now.
Here’s an interesting story about the census and pandemic, from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) News:
“COVID-19 Makes 2020 Census More Complicated Than It Already Was,” by Tom Banse, March 23, 2020
Official articles of impeachment are voted upon by the U.S. House of Representatives. Look for House Resolutions and House Reports at Congress dot gov.
You can find them in print in large law or government document libraries and usually, though not always easily, online. Some online Congressional research resources are fee-based databases and some are free.
For example, see previous post from September 26, 2019: What Does an Article of Impeachment Look Like? Read Presidents Nixon and Clinton Articles
Without access to a library that subscribes to a Congressional documents database (or that has retained the print), you will have a devil of a time finding many Congressional documents, especially those before the 94th Congress (1975-76) or after 1865. (See the LOC Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, the National Archives, or the GPO Congressional Documents database.)
You might want to try Congress dot gov, where you’ll find bills and resolutions and, hmmm – no reports.
Let’s say you want to find this document, which is a “report.”
Take a look at the future:
“Automation tools are enabling Washington D.C. to publish its laws much faster: A process that once took months can now be completed by a single person in just one week,” by By Colin Wood, from States Scoop, 1/12/18:
We can “vote” 365 days of the year, not just on election days, at least as long as our U.S. Constitution remains intact:
Congress (use this one for contact info and this one for Congressional activities and documents), or:
The dance of legislation has more steps and rules (and foot and toe stomping opportunities) than a few words defined, but learning the Language of Congress is a good place to start:
“Sessions, Adjournments, and Recesses of Congress,“ by Richard S. Beth, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process, and Jessica Tollestrup, Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process, February 27, 2013:
“The House and Senate use the terms session, adjournment, and recess in both informal and more formal ways, but the concepts apply in parallel ways to both the daily and the annual activities of Congress. A session begins when the chamber convenes and ends when it adjourns. A recess, by contrast, does not terminate a session, but only suspends it temporarily…. [Link to full CRS Report