Washington, DC is a world unto itself. Unless you know the ins and outs, you may find it difficult to navigate. Here, we have tried to provide you with a comprehensive list of resources you may find useful.
U.S. Government Resources
The President has a plethora of issues that he addresses daily, and through the White House site, the public can see the Administration's stance on those issues, as well as the President's schedule and other government resources.
The U.S. House of Representatives is a portal to each district represented in Congress. Member's individual sites as well as Committee sites are a way to find out schedules, issues that are being debated, and hearings that are being held.
The U.S. Senate has access to each U.S. Senator as well as all Senate Committees. Schedules, hearings, and floor votes are all available.
Every bill that has been introduced can be found at Thomas, a database of all legislative action supplied by the Library of Congress. Bill text, summary information, and co-sponsors are just a few of the details provided. Thomas.loc.gov
The premiere newspaper for Capitol Hill news is Roll Call. For the latest information on issues, legislators, movers and shakers, Roll Call has it all.
Similar to Roll Call, The Hill is another Capitol Hill periodical that reports on the goings-on in the halls of Congress.
The Washington Post has a section on politics that is very current and provides in-depth coverage of issues that are affecting Americans today.
The conservative Washington paper, the Washington Times, is also a great source for national political news. It's an excellent way to balance the news from the Washington Post.
Through C-SPAN, you can see all of the programming on each of the three C-SPAN stations. Programming includes Congressional hearings as well as tributes and discussions by politicians and other government insiders.
An easy way to find your legislator, either on a federal, state, or local level, is through this site. You can also search for issues, bills, and election information, as well as send letters to legislators.
For any government information that you may be in need of, a new site called FirstGov has been established.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): APEC is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC is the only inter governmental grouping in the world operating on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. Unlike the WTO or other multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty obligations required of its participants. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Canada - Official Government website
Canada – Official website of the Prime Minister
Canada – Official website of the Parliament:
Council on Foreign Relations: Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.
European Union (EU): The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. It is not a State intended to replace existing states, but it is more than any other international organization. The EU is, in fact, unique. Its Member States have set up common institutions to which they delegate some of their sovereignty so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. This pooling of sovereignty is also called "European integration".
France – Official website of the Prime Minister
France – Official website of the President
France – Official website of the French National Assembly
Germany – Official website of the Bundestag (Parliament)
International Monetary Fund (IMF): The IMF is an organization of 184 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy.
Japan - Prime Minister's Official website
Japan Diet – Official website of the House of Representatives (Shugiin):
Japan Diet – Official website of the House of Councillors (Sangiin)
Mexico – Official website of the Mexican Presidency
Peoples Republic of China - Internet Information Center
Peoples Republic of China - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Russia – Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York
United Kingdom – 10 Downing Street, Official website of the Prime Minister:
United Kingdom – Guide to Government
World Bank: The World Bank Group's mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty. The Bank promotes growth to create jobs and to empower poor people to take advantage of these opportunities.
World Trade Organization (WTO): The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.