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Hearings, reports, documents, prints

Congressional Record


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.


Tracking bills and congressional activity

Legislative history

  • About legislative histories, Proquest Legislative Insight >Help
  • History of Bills, FDsys
    Lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record. Starts with the 98th Cong., 1983/84. Earlier histories are in the Congressional Record Index available with Bound Edition (in print or in HeinOnline, both listed in the Congressional Record box on this page).
  • Proquest Legislative Insight
    Includes the legislative histories from Proquest Congressional, plus legislative histories of pre-1969 laws.
  • Proquest Congressional, 1969-date
    Use the Advanced search form and limit to Legislative Histories, 1969-present, to find already compiled legislative histories for enacted public laws from the 91st Cong., 1969/70 to date. Includes hearings, documents, prints, reports, CRS Reports, debates and other items in the Congressional Record, bill versions, etc. Bill tracking and bill texts coverage starts with 1989. For dates covered by each type of material, click on Help (upper right) and open the Content Coverage link at the top of the page.

    For pre-91st Cong., the legislative histories are not already compiled in the database, but you still can search the database for relevant hearings, documents, prints, reports, Congressional Record, and bill tracking and bill texts (limit to Bills & Laws), and also try Proquest Legislative Insight (above).
  • U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, HeinOnline
    Legislative histories of selected laws.
  • Legislative Histories, U.S. Dept. of States
    Legislative histories of selected laws.
  • Congressional Index, CCH
    A print looseleaf service covering the 75th-113th Cong., 1937/38-2013/2014. A quick way to find the status of a bill or treaty, dates of hearings, names of sponsors, etc.

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