This guide covers government publications produced in the federal legislative process of the United States, from the proposal of a bill to the enactment of a public law. These documents include bills, hearings, prints, reports, Congressional proceedings, and public laws.
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Full legislative histories. Includes: Part A: 1929-2012 --18,058 histories --includes all Major Laws 1929-2012* and all CIS histories from 1970-2012. Part B: 1789-1965 --9,000 histories --Major Laws 1789-1928* --Additional laws 1929-1965 not included Part A PDFs for all available documents created along the legislative path - bill, reports, prints, documents, hearings, and presidential signing statements. Search by bill number, PL number, Statute at Large citation, as well as keyword (Guided Search).
Full Legislative Histories from 1969-present. Collection includes the full text of congressional publications, including: Committee prints, 2004-. Full-text hearings in PDF for 1824-1979. Testimony transcripts, 1988 -. Committee Reports, 1990-. Congressional Record, 1985-. House and Senate Documents 1995 -. Bill texts, 1989-, Public Law, 1988-. Statutes at Large