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Description is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. It includes bills and resolutions, committee reports, the Congressional Record, Presidential nominations, treaties, and other related information including summary and status of legislation. The site also provides information about members of Congress, links to House and Senate committee pages, to the United States Code, and to other legislative resources. It is usually updated the morning after a session adjourns.

The scope of data collections and system functionality have continued to expand since THOMAS, the predecessor to, was launched in January of 1995, when the 104th Congress convened. THOMAS was produced after Congressional leadership directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public.


Help is provided via a link in the upper right corner of most pages.

Dates covered

Coverage varies with the earliest citations dating back to 1973. Consult Coverage Dates for Legislative Information for the start date for each collection.

Updating frequency

Continuous. Consult Coverage Dates for Legislative Information for specific update schedules.


Congressional Record, bills, House and Senate reports, public laws, and other federal legislative materials.

Type of coverage

Full text of most content.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Some titles may be available in print, microfiche, or other format and may be found through a search of the . For assistance in locating print and microfiche versions of titles not included in QuickSearch, contact the reference desk. Also see govinfo, HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional Publications, and the

Producer/content provider

Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the Congressional Research Service

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Library of Congress

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