A bill or resolution is introduced by a member and generally referred to a Congressional committee as part of its passage to approval. The first printing of a bill or resolution includes:

  • the number and session of the Congress
  • the designation
  • the number of the bill
  • the name of the body in which it was introduced
  • date of introduction
  • the name of the member who introduced it
  • the Committee to which it was referred.

Library Holdings and online access

Time Period

Format and links

House and Senate Bills

1789 -1879

Includes the bills, resolutions, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions of the House and Senate

Microfilm

Bills and Resolutions

House: 1700-1873

Senate: 1819-1873

Senate Joint Resolutions: 1824-1873

Online from the Library of Congress

House

Senate

Senate Joint Resolutions

Digest of Public General Bills and Resolutions

1936-1987

Provides summaries of bills only

Paper

1936-1970 held offsite

1970-1987 in Controlled Access Collection

House and Senate Bills

1961 -1965

Microcard

Bills

1982 – 2010

House

Senate

Microfiche

 

House

Senate

House and Senate Bills

1993 to date

Online from the US Government Printing Office

Joint Resolutions

House Joint Resolutions: 1982-2010

Senate Joint Resolutions: 1982-2010

Microfiche

House

Senate

Concurrent Resolutions

House Concurrent Resolutions: 1982-2010

Senate Concurrent Resolutions: 1982-2010

Microfiche

House

Senate

Bills, Amendments and Resolutions

1973 to date

Online

All legislation since 1973; a searchable database at Congress.gov

See also:

Congressional Information Service annual (CIS annual) (1970-2000) Held offsite

From 1970 to 1983 the CIS Annual contains two types of volumes: Index and Abstracts. A condensed 'Legislative History' section is included in the Abstracts volume. From 1984 onwards, detailed legislative histories are published in a separate volume called Legislative Histories of U.S. Public Laws. References are made to all relevant documents for every law enacted during a session of Congress.

United States code congressional and administrative news (USCCAN) (1972-2011) Controlled Access Collection

Contains a 'Table of Legislative History and Index' arranged by public law number referencing the date approved, Statutes at Large citation, bill number, House and Senate reports numbers, abbreviations for the names of the House and Senate committees reporting, dates of consideration and passage in the Congressional Record, and citations for Presidential signing documents.