If you are unfamiliar with the path a bill takes before it becomes law, several useful resources can guide you through the process of how a bill becomes law. Having a basic understanding of the steps of law-making will make it easier to choose the right documents for your research. For a quick, entertaining visual overview, we recommend I'm Just a Bill, a 1970s video from Schoolhouse Rock that is still used today in law schools across the country to introduce students to the basics of how a bill becomes law.
You may also be interested in the "updated" version by POLITICO called "Remember ‘I’m Just a Bill’? Here’s the 2021 version."
The four principal forms of Congressional actions are bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. After a bill or resolution is introduced, it is assigned a bill or legislative number, printed and referred to a committee. For more detailed explanations of the four principal forms of legislation go to the Bills & Resolutions section of House.gov. The following resources are considered the most comprehensive for locating the full text of bills.
After the referral of a bill to a committee, members of the House set a date for public hearings to hear witness testimony. Hearings are held for most substantive proposals however, not all hearings are published. Congressional hearings that are published, are done so two months to two years after they are held. Hearings are broadly classified into four types: legislative, oversight, investigative, and consideration of presidential nominations. Transcripts of most hearings are published and growing collections of videotaped congressional hearings are also available.