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This guide provides access to the documents processed in the legislative process in the U.S.
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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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Major Sites for Legislative Documents

  • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    Covers Full legislative histories. Bills included.
    Part A: 1929-2012
    Part B: 1789-1965
    --9,000 histories
    --Major Laws 1789-1928*
    Part C: 2013
    Part D: 2014
  • ProQuest Congressional
    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
  • is the official source for federal legislative information. Covers 1973-present. See Content and coverage. (Replaces
  • 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 be retired in 2016.

Congresses / Years

2007-2008       110th
2009-2010       111th
2011-2012       112th
2013-2014       113th
2015-2016       114th
All Years


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