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Finding and tracking federal bills and laws: Finding Bills

Proquest Legislative Insight

Proquest Legislative Insight offers 18,058 legislative histories from 1929-2013 with the the complete full text of all documents (including all bill versions) that form the legislative history.  

If a bill is not available here, use the resources below.

Finding Federal Bills

With... Using...
Bill number
eg. H.R. 133; S.133

Proquest Congressional 1989-present.  After entering the citation information and clicking search,, select Bill Profile under Narrow Results by Document Type.  Do not need to know congress/year.

Congress.gov is a new website that has replaced THOMAS.gov as the government's site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. The Congress.gov site includes bill status and summary, bill text, House and Senate member profiles, and a number of new features, including effective display on mobile devices. Learn more about the new site.

FdSys 1993-present.  FDsys is the Government Printing Office's federal digital system for accessing free, official government publications.

 A Century of Lawmaking...1799-1873.

GovDocs fiche 1979-2000 Y 1.4/
Use with Final cumulative finding aid, House and Senate bills on cabinets above bills in GovDocs 3 West to find the fiche number as bills are not filmed consecutively on the fiche.

For bills introduced between 1873-1979, please use inter-library services. There are film/fiche sets of historical senate and house bills and resolutions.  CRL has coverage from 1789-1978.

Slip or session law citation
eg. P.L. 107-1
89 Stat. 223

Proquest Congressional (If you search on the Basic or Advanced Search forms, legislative histories will be included in your search results. The Advanced Search form allows you to limit your search to return results from legislative histories only. To use the Search by Number form to retrieve legislative histories, search by bill number, public law number, or Statutes at Large citation.) 1989-present.

Congress.gov is a new website that has replacedTHOMAS.gov as the government's site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. The Congress.gov site includes bill status and summary, bill text, House and Senate member profiles, and a number of new features, including effective display on mobile devices. Learn more about the new site.

FdSys (Public and Private Laws) 1993-present. Text of law gives bill no. Use bill no. to search in Congressional Bills section.

Statutes at Large 1963-present. Organized by congressional session. Cross-reference from public law to bill. Index only. No full-text of bill. From 1975, a bill history can be found at the end of the law.

Subject and other information/Keyword search

Proquest Congressional 1989-present.

FdSys (Congressional Bills) 1993-present. Full-text keyword and other fields search.

Congress.gov is a new website that has replaced THOMAS.gov as the government's site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. The Congress.gov site includes bill status and summary, bill text, House and Senate member profiles, and a number of new features, including effective display on mobile devices. Learn more about the new site.

Digest of Public General Bills GovDocs LC 14.6: 1936-1990. Organized by congressional session. Also: sponsor, co-sponsor, identical bill and short title indexes. Subject index not comprehensive. Provides bill history and status including bill summary, floor action, dates, roll call vote summary and report numbers. Index only. No full-text of bills.

Congressional Record Index Also available in print in GovDocs Non-Circulating. Organized by congressional session. Subject and sponsor indexes to bills are part of the main subject index. Use the History of Bills and Resolutions section (organized by bill number) to find bill actions including summary, floor action, debates and references to reports. Index only. No full-text of bills.
Note: legislative action often spans more than one congressional session. For the full legislative action on a bill, you may need to use multiple years of the Congressional Record Index.

Note: The Congressional Record Index is also available online for the following periods:
A Century of Lawmaking... (1789-1875)
FdSys History of Bills (1983-present)

 
 

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