The Law Library offers a variety of resources for researching current federal legislation. The materials enable you to research a bill from its introduction in Congress until its final disposition. Materials may include the full text or summary of the bill, amendments to the bill, the bill’s status in a committee, a committee hearing or report, legislative floor debate, a Presidential statement accompanying its enactment into law or veto, and the text of the bill as enacted into law.
The main resources are ProQuest Congressional database, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext legislative databases, and free government-sponsored websites. The Law Library's database ProQuest Congressional allows searching of the CIS/Index in addition to the full text of bills, committee reports and hearings, public laws, and the Congressional Record. In addition to their legislative databases, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext have numerous newspaper and magazine databases for locating articles pertaining to pending legislation. Two excellent government-sponsored websites for federal legislative information are Congress.gov (Library of Congress) and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System.
How Our Law are Made
A guide to the legislative process by John V. Sullivan, the Parliamentarian of the United States House of Representatives.
Off Campus Access
For more information on how to access subscription digital resources from off campus, go to the Off Campus Access to Digital Resources page.