U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol

About Congress

Through legislative debate and compromise, the U.S. Congress makes laws that influence our daily lives. It holds hearings to inform the legislative process, conducts investigations to oversee the executive branch, and serves as the voice of the people and the states in the federal government.

What Congress Does

Two Bodies, One Branch

Making Laws

The U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. Senate