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United States Government Documents: A Guide

Access to contemporary and historical information and documents created by the three branches of the United States federal government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

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Federal Law

When searching for federal laws enacted by Congress, you can search the U.S. Statutes at Large by date, or the U.S. Code by subject.

CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress. CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process, providing background information and data on public policy issues.

Legislative Document Types

Common Document Types   Description
Bills, Amendments, Resolutions

Proposed legislation, which may take many forms

Debates

Official proceedings and debates are published daily in the Congressional Record

Hearings

Committees may decide to publish publicly held hearings, two months to two years after they are held

Committee Prints & Conference Reports

Findings and recommendations of committees, reported back to the House or Senate as a whole

Public Laws

Enacted legislation that affect the general population. For each session of  Congress, all acts and resolutions are published chronologically in the U.S. Statutes at Large. These are then codified and integrated by topic into the U.S. Code.