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Legislative Information - U.S.


FDsys provides bulk data Government publications in standard XML formats.

    • Allows you to search by legislator or topic. News & Media covers Washington Post (1987+); RollCall (1998+) and CQ Political Transcripts (1995+).
  • To identify recent legislation that was brought to the floor of the House and/or Senate as well as key players you might try: 
    • provides a search by keyword as well as common topic links
    • CQ Magazine 1983+ [Mugar Ref XJK 1 F46 1964+; also Law Annex KF 49 C645]
    • CQ Researcher (not so current, but good for current controversial issues)

What about THOMAS?

THOMAS was retired July 5th, 2016, and replaced by


The issuing agency is always either the House or the Senate.

U.S. [Senate/House]. [nth] Congress, [nth] Session. [Bill number], Bill title, may be shortened. Edition statement. Washington: Government Printing Office, year.

Always use the bill number in the title. The edition statement, if applicable will either be "Act" (if "act" is in the bill's title), or "Star Print" (if there's a little black star in the lower left of the title page).

Cited example

U.S. House. 75th Congress, 1st Session. H.R. 6786, A Bill to Protect Purchasers of Hats. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1937.