Answered By: Laura Costello
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2014     Views: 7

Start your research at  Congress.gov , the official source for federal legislative information and materials on current and past legislation. From the choices on the top white menu bar, select Legislation and you will be able to search for all U.S. Congress legislation since 1973.

To limit the scope of your search, you may select from dropdown menus for Congress (e.g., the 113th Congress for 2013-2014), bill type, status of legislation, subject, chamber, committee, sponsor, cosponsor, or party.

Please note that Congress.gov replaces its predecessor, the THOMAS.gov site that will be retired by end of 2014. 

Other resources for current legislation include the following:

FDSys - The primary source for free, online, published, official and authenticated government information. Includes Congressional bills, budget, documents, prints, and reports, hearings, the Congressional Record, the Constitution, the Federal Register, the United States Code, Presidential Documents, Public and Private Laws, United States Code and Statutes at Large. Links to the CGP (Catalog of Government Publications), news, offices of the Inspector General, Congressional Relations, and more.

CQWeekly - A weekly news magazine featuring in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983, including: a complete wrap-up of news on Congress, the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and all roll-call votes.

Congressional Collection (ProQuest): 1970-present. Fulltext of Congressional Hearings from 1980-2010. Fulltext of CRS reports 1916-present. Some other fulltext materials from early 1990s-present. Subjects covered include U.S. bills, bill tracking, campaign contributions, and financial data, committee prints, Congressional Record Daily Edition, Code of Federal Regulations, House and Senate Documents, Federal Register, GAO reports.

Dirksen Center’s Congressional Timeline 2.0 The Congressional Timeline arrays more than 550 of the nation's laws on a double-banded timeline beginning in 1933 to the present.

GovTrack.us GovTrack is a government transparency website. It puts together information from THOMAS.gov, the Senate and House websites, the Statutes at Large (from GPO) and other sources. The site helps ordinary citizens find and track bills in the U.S. Congress and understand their representatives’ legislative record.

Further research information can be found at the link below.

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