Federal Legislation Online
To search for information on federal legislation in both the House and Senate you can use the Thomas website run by the Library of Congress. It's at:
The site lets you search:
- A legislation database of bills being considered by Congress. You can search by bill number or by a topical keyword or phrase to find bills relating to particular subject. Or you can search by the name of a member of Congress to see the bills he/she has sponsored. You'll get the text, the history and the status of any bill.
- The Congressional Record, which has transcripts of statements by members of Congress or testimony on particular topics before Congress. You can search by keyword to find statements or testimony on a particular topic.
- Congressional committee reports on legislation. You can search by topical keyword or by bill number.
For more information on using the Thomas site, go to the Help page.
For help understanding how the legislative process works in Congress, go to the Thomas site's guide on The Legislative Process.