Congress

Infographic explaining five steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador (State Dept./H. Efrem)

Steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador [infographic]

Being asked by the president to represent America as ambassador to another nation is the job and honor of a lifetime. Learn how one becomes an ambassador.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaking from behind lectern while seated woman raises her hand (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

America strives for open government

An open government is vital to democracy. Learn how the U.S. government ensures the public has access to information supporting its decisions.
Illustration of a man swearing in before a Senate hearing (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

How does Senate confirmation work?

Before nominees for Cabinet positions can start work, they have one important hurdle to clear: the Senate confirmation process.
Graphic showing number of members of U.S. Congress broken down by political party (State Dept./Helen Efrem)

Shifts in the new U.S. Congress [infographic]

The 117th U.S. Congress broke a number of records, with more women and minorities representing districts and states around the country.
President Biden signing documents while two people stand behind him (© Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images)

What is an executive order?

Executive orders, issued to help the executive branch carry out its duties, have the force of law. They can be struck down by the courts or overwritten.
Dorothy Height sitting and receiving medal in case while surrounded by people (© Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s most prestigious awards

Find out how the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom were established and who may receive them.
John Lewis sitting in an office (© Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)

From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis

Civil rights hero John Lewis passed away July 17, after battling cancer since December. Learn more about his life and legacy here.
Illustration showing talking bubbles connected to map of United States (State Dept./D. Thompson)

To count everyone, U.S. census is in many languages

The United States' 2020 census is being offered in numerous languages other than English. See how the Census Bureau is ensuring everyone is counted.
Drawings of hands and buildings (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Trump’s 2021 pro-growth budget proposal

Learn about President Trump's 2021 budget, which, if enacted, would continue the United States on a path of economic growth.