Sources for the Text of Congressional Bills and Resolutions


Part of the research materials on LLSDC's Legislative Source Book

Online Sources
 

Congress.gov - Bills and Resolutions from the 101st Congress (1989 to Present)

THOMAS - Bills and Resolutions from the 101st Congress (1989 to Present)

GPO FDsys - Cong. Bills & Res. from 103rd Cong. (1993 to Present  - PDF & text)

GovTrack.us - Bill Search from the 106th Cong. (1999 to Present)

Library of Congress - Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation - Bills and Resolutions

- - House Bills and Resolutions, 6th thru 42nd Congresses (1799 - 1873)

- - Senate Bills and Resolutions, 16th thru 42nd Congresses (1819 - 1873)

CQ Roll Call - Subscription - Bills and Resolutions from the 100th Congress (1987 to Present)

LexisNexis - Subscription - Bills & Resolutions from the 101st Congress (1989 to Present)

Proquest Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions: 1789 - 2013 - Subscription (near complete)

WestlawNext - Subscription - Bills & Resolutions from the 111th Congress (2009 to Present)


Microform Sources

Law Library of Congress - Bills and Resolutions, 1789 to near Present (Microfilm and Paper)

Center for Research Libraries in Chicago - 1st to 72d Cong., 1789-1933 (LoC Coll. - MF)

Harvard University Hollis Library - 1st to 72nd Cong., 1789-1933 (LoC Coll. - MF) 

Senate Library, U.S. - Bills & Resolutions, 1789 to near present (LoC Collection - MF)

Stanford University Libraries - 1st to 72nd Congress (1789-1933)

CIS Congressional Bills, Resolutions and Laws (Proquest): 1933 to near current Cong.

Federal Depository Libraries - Bills & Res. on microfiche - 96th to 106th Congresses (1979 to 2000)

OCLC WorldCat - search library catalogs locally or around the world


Paper Sources

House and Senate document rooms for current Congress ( 202/226-5200 / 202-224-7860)

Law Library of Congress - Bills and Resolutions, 1789 to near Present (Microfilm and Paper)

Center for Legislative Archives - selected Congressional committee files

University of California at Berkeley (Bills & Resolutions 1937-1971 - NRLF storage facility)

Federal Agency Libraries and Record Units - selected past bill files

Congressional Record - selected bills after introductory remarks (especially in the Senate after 1971)

Congressional Record - often contains text of measures after passing a Chamber; sometimes before

Congressional Hearings about particular bills frequently have the text of those bills

Congressional Reports on legislation, especially House reports, have the text of bills as reported



Compiled by Rick McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board Law Library

Additional source suggestions and corrections are welcome. Please send them to the Legislative SIS.


Last revised on May 13, 2016