The Three Branches of Government
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Budget of the United States Government - This site includes the documents that outline and support the President's proposed budget. - is another source for accessing U.S. government regulations.

United States Government Manual - The official handbook of the federal government.

U.S. Statutes at Large - The permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.

U.S. Code - The codification of laws. The codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

U.S. Constitution - The Constitution is the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government, describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions, and it lays out the basic rights of citizens of the United State. It is the landmark legal document of the United States.


Executive Branch

The Executive Branch of the United States Government includes the agencies and departments that take direction from the President, who is the administrative head of the executive branch. Through regulations, the Executive branch enforces laws.

The White House
The official White House web site provides access to Executive Orders, Proclamations, audio and transcripts of press briefings, pending nominations, current news items, links to EOP agencies and departments, and more.

American Presidency Project
Executive Branch materials, past and present. Includes speeches, press conferences, veto messages, and more. Click on "Documents" in the middle of the top of the page for a list of available materials.

Federal Register
Daily record of proposed regulations and notices from the executive branch.


Legislative Branch

Laws are created by the Legislative Branch in Congress.

House of Representatives Official website of the United States House of Representatives.

Senate Official website of the United States Senate.

Congressional Bills - Full-text of each bill version (e.g. introduced, engrossed, enrolled).

Congressional Directory - The official directory of the U.S. Congress.

Congressional Record and House Journal - Debates on issues and legislation.

Congressional Record Index

History of Bills Bill summaries and status with links to the Congressional Record.

Public and Private Laws - Full-text versions of all signed bills.

Thomas - Provides access to legislative information from the 104th Congress to the present. The official website for U.S. federal legislative information.


Judicial Branch

Laws are interpreted by the Judicial Branch through the Courts.

Supreme Court of the United States
Includes information about the supreme court, the constitution, biographies of current justices, list of all justices who have ever served (including who appointed them, their home state, etc).

Supreme Court Historical Society
Historical and background information on the Supreme Court and Justices. Includes the current court, previous court locations, sample cases, selected digitized collections. See also The History of the Supreme Court.

Federal Judicial Center
The education and research agency for the U.S. federal courts. Features federal judiciary history, educational programs and materials, class action notices, etc.

U.S. Courts
The home page of the U.S. federal judiciary. Provides information on and links to all U.S. federal courts.

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