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Pre-Made Legislative Histories

US Code

If you are looking for the history of an enacted law, you will need the Public Law number. The US Code contains Public Law and Statutes at Large annotations.

US Statutes at Large

The Public Laws are annotated with a "legislative history" that lists relevant Congressional Record dates, House and Senate reports, and Presidential Signing Statements when applicable.

v.1 (1789)- v.44 (1927)
Early US Statutes at Large; full-text from the University of Cincinnati

v.50 (1937)- most recent received:
In print or microform at McHenry library:
---Statutes at Large: v.50 (1937) - v.88 (1974)
---US Code Congressional and Administrative News: v.89 (1975) to most recent received

v.65 (1951) - v.115 (2002)
GovInfo Statutes at Large collection

v.87 (1973) - current
THOMAS: full-text of the enrolled bills by Public Law number. See "Congressional Actions" for relevant dates, votes, and reports (linked when available)

v.101 (1987) - current (Requires UCSC or OCA access).
ProQuest Congressional: Full text of for 100th (1987) congress to current. Includes annotations to USC, Bills, Reports, Hearings, and Congressional Record.

v.109 (1995) - current
GovInfo: Public and Private Laws collection

Congressional Reports

Use the citations from the Public Laws or search by keyword and congress for House and Senate reports and Committee prints.

Floor Debates & Votes

The debates of Congress and record of votes can be found in the Congressional Record which is published daily.

Presidential Signing Statements

Legislative Hearings

CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service provides Congress with nonpartisan research and analysis of a wide range of public policy issues. CRS reports are not immediately available to the public and they must be accessed indirectly through other sources. None of these sites offer a full collection of CRS reports. Also refer to this CRS Guide from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Lobbying & Special Interests

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