Contents of this page
For Statutes at Large, U.S. Code and federal regulations, see Other frequently used publications & websites.
This page contains the following:
- How our laws are made
- Bill texts
- Tracking bills & congressional activity
- Hearings, reports, documents, prints
- Congressional Record
- Legislative history
- CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service)
Hearings, reports, documents, prints
How our laws are made
If you do not locate your bill at one of the websites listed below, you can also search to see if it was printed in the Congressional Record when introduced or after passage in one chamber (search in the Cong. Rec. Index), in a House or Senate report, in a House or Senate hearing, or in a compiled legislative history.
An enrolled bill is the final official copy of the bill or joint resolution which both the House and the Senate have passed in identical form. After it is certified by the chief officer of the house in which it originated (the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate), then signed by the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore, the measure is sent to the President for signature.
An engrossed bill is the official copy of the bill or joint resolution as passed by one chamber, including the text as amended by floor action, and certified before it is sent to the other chamber.