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U.S. Federal Legislative Information: Presidential Documents

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

Presidential Signature or Veto

The final step before a bill can become a law is the president's signature. 

Presidential signing statements made when the President signs a bill into law are usually included in the Compilation of Presidential Documents and later, the Public Papers of the Presidents.

Veto messages and other presidential statements about legislative proposals are usually included in the Congressional Record or published as House documents.

Presidential Documents and Related Policy Documents



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FDsys Compilation of Presidential Documents





Hein: Presidential Documents and Public Papers


Compilation of Presidential Documents 1969- (2 month delay)

All Public Papers incl Roosevelt plus additional compilations of earlier papers and messages.



Presidential Documents: MSU GovDocs Print

Public Papers: MSU GovDocs Print

1965-2000; call number AE 2.109:


AE 2.114:



Other related policy documents:

Annals of Congress/Congressional Globe/Congressional Record



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Library of Congress



Legislative action often spans more than one congressional session. For all debate on a bill, you may need to use multiple years of the Record. Use the index to identify specific speakers, topics or laws.

Hein has a search by citation feature.

Hein Online 


1789-2006 Bound; 1990- Daily

Print and some fiche (MSU GovDocs NonCirc 3W): Bound edition


Proquest Congressional: Daily Congressional Record 


1789-1999; 1985-present

Search by Member of Congress, subject, roll call votes, full text and bills, laws and resolutions.

Use the Search by Number function to search by citation.

Use the Daily Congressional Record link on the sidebar to search 1985-present.


FDsys: Congressional Record Daily

1994- full text; 1999-2000 Bound; 1983- Daily index;


FDSys has a search by citation feature.