Government 101: The Basics
Been a while since you studied U.S. Government in school?
We’ve put together some informative resources to help you brush up on how the government operates so you can be a more effective and engaged citizen. Learn more about the political process, structure, and what’s going on in Washington and beyond.
The Executive Branch
The Legislative and Regulatory Process
- U.S. Senate Legislative Calendar
- U.S. House Legislative Calendar
- Active Legislation
- How a Bill Becomes a Law
- How a Regulation Becomes a Rule
- Helpful Legislative Definitions
- Find a Bill
- House and Senate Schedules
Who Represents Me?
- Who are my legislators?
- Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Leadership in the U.S. Senate
- Meet the Freshmen Members
- Congress By the Numbers
- U.S. House of Representatives vacancies
- Forms of Address for Government Officials
- U.S. House of Representatives Committee Information
- U.S. Senate Committee Information
- Overview of Senate and House Committees
- Tips on Writing to Your Elected Officials
- Tips on Meeting with Your Elected Officials
- Tips on Writing Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds