The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election. Each of the 435 members of the House of Representatives represents a district and serves a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among the states by population. The 100 Senators serve staggered six-year terms. Each state has two senators, regardless of population. Every two years, approximately one-third of the Senate is elected at a time.
Lately, the two houses of Congress have not been able to agree on immigration reform legislation. The Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013. However, the House of Representatives refused to do so in 2013 and again in 2014.
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- Contacting the Congress
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports – Immigration
- Report: Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the United States: Estimates Since 1986
- General Accountability Office (GAO) Immigration Reports
- How A Bill Becomes A Law
- How to Find Congressional and Governmental Documents
- Immigration Legislation
- Search the Congressional Record
- Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
- To Obtain/Download Full Text of Legislation
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
- House of Representatives – Judiciary Committee, Immigration Subcomittee, Legislative Hearings, WebCasts
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