Unrestricted Access


THOMAS was launched at the beginning of the 104th Congress in January of 1995, when the leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include bills and resolutions, committee reports, the Congressional Record, Presidential nominations, treaties, and other related information including summary and status of legislation. THOMAS also provides links to House and Senate committee pages, to the United States Code, and to Library of Congress resources.


A HELP screen is provided.

Dates covered

Coverage varies and depends on whether material is full text or citation. The full text of bills and the Congressional Record dates back to 1989; to committee reports and public laws 1995/96. House and Senate roll calls begin with 1990 and 1989 respectively.

Updating frequency

Continuously updated.


Congressional Record, bills, House and Senate reports, public laws, etc.

Type of coverage

THOMAS provides full text of most content.

Print counterpart or
related resources

See "Sources" above.

Producer/content provider

Congress of the United States

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Library of Congress

Supplementary Subject(s)