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This guide provides access to the documents processed in the legislative process in the U.S.
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Introduction

This guide is designed to assist users in locating 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.  For more information about the process, see:  Understanding the Legislative Process

 

Recent Congresses / Corresponding Years

1999-2000       106th
2001-2002       107th
2003-2004       108th
2005-2006       109th
2007-2008       110th
2009-2010       111th
2011-2012       112th
2013-2014       113th

All Years

Full Legislative Histories

  • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    Full legislative histories from Coverage Dates: 1929 - Present. 18,000 legislative histories. It includes links to 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).
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Full Legislative Histories from 1969-present.
    Collection includes the full text of congressional publications, including:
    Committee prints, 2004-.
    Testimony transcripts, 1988 -.
    Committee Reports, 1990-.
    Congressional Record, 1985-.
    House and Senate Documents 1995 -.
    Bill texts, 1989-, Public Law, 1988-. Statutes at Large
  • Congress.gov
    Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. Covers 1973-present. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site
  • FDsys - Federal Digital System
    See Contents which include bills from 1993 to the present, House and Senate Documents and Reports from 104th Congress (1995-96) forward.
  • U.S. Congressional Library from Hein Online
    Content includes bound and daily versions of Congressional Record, its three predecessor titles, and other important congressional material
  • Thomas
    Full text of legislation (bills and laws) from the 101st Congress (1989-90) to the present. See About Thomas & What's In Thomas for additional contents. Thomas will cease at the end of 2014.
 

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