Government Information: U.S. Laws

US Laws - Introduction

The Constitution delegates the authority to pass legislation solely to Congress (the Legislative Branch); however, before a law can be enacted it must be signed by the president, and in order to remain it must stand up to judicial review.

A bill is a proposed law brought before the House and/or Senate for consideration. Members of the House and Senate may a propose bill to become law, although the majority of bills that come before congress have been drafted by interest groups and the executive branch. Bills dealing with money, taxes, and the budget must originate in the House, and only members may introduce bills in the House.

This page offers resources to help you find and track bills, as well as resources to help you to better understand the Legislative process.

Tools for Finding Legislation

How a Bill Becomes Law