Congress

Audience member waving small Ukrainian flag as Joe Biden addresses Congress (© Saul Loeb/AP Images)

Biden salutes Ukrainians’ resolve in State of the Union

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, the president highlighted how the U.S. and partners are united behind Ukraine.
President Obama delivering a speech in Congress (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

Who sits where during a State of the Union speech? [infographic]

The three branches of the U.S. government get together each year to hear the president give the State of the Union address. Who comes and where do they sit?
Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol at sunrise (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

The United States uses the census every 10 years to determine how the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be divided among the states.
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.