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U.S. Federal Legislative Information  

Finding bills, laws, congressional debate, voting records, hearings and more
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Reference Tools

Congressional Committee Membership


Proquest Legislative Insight

Proquest Legislative Insight offers 27,000 legislative histories with the the complete full text of all documents that form the legislative history. Complete histories and documents will be fully loaded by Dec 2012.

If a legislative history is not available here yet, use the other sources listed in the tabs.

Background Information

Use these sources to
a) find summaries or overviews of specific types of legislation or topic (eg recent health care legislation) or a specific law (eg USA Patriot Act)
b) identify citations to specific bills, laws or congressional publications (prints, reports, documents, hearings) 

  • OpenCRS
    Reports from the Congressional Research Service, a bipartisan think tank at the Library of Congress that provide detailed overviews of legislative issues or specific laws.
  • Congress and the Nation
    Browse by congressional session or topic. Provides summaries of significant legislation and activity during each congressional session by area (eg national security, civil rights etc). Also useful for identifying legislative citations.
    1945 - 2008.
  • CQ Almanac
    Annual overview of key legislation by topic. Use the Policy Tracker to find legislation by topic for several years. Example: Amtrak
    Includes brief legislative histories.
  • CQ Weekly
    Provides detailed coverage of status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering. Earlier issues in print.

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