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United States Government Information: U.S. Laws

Federal information for all branches, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial arms of the United States government.

US Laws - Introduction

The Constitution delegates the authority to pass legislation solely to Congress (the Legislative Branch); however, before a law can be enacted it must be signed by the president, and in order to remain it must stand up to judicial review.

A bill is a proposed law brought before the House and/or Senate for consideration. Members of the House and Senate may a propose bill to become law, although the majority of bills that come before congress have been drafted by interest groups and the executive branch. Bills dealing with money, taxes, and the budget must originate in the House, and only members may introduce bills in the House.

This page offers resources to help you find and track bills, as well as resources to help you to better understand the Legislative process.

Tools for Finding Legislation

Federal Legislative & Regulatory Sources

BILLS

Bills through GPO FDsys

1993 - present

Bills through Congress.gov

1989 - present

Bills through ProQuest Congressional

1989 - present

LAWS AS PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS

Laws through GPO FDsys

1995 - present

Laws through Congress.gov

1989 - present

Public Laws through ProQuest Congressional

--Choose "Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws" link, then "Public Laws"

1989 - present

LAWS CODIFIED = U.S. CODE

U.S. Code through the Office of the Law Revision Counsel

Bill Signed into Law

President Obama signs a bill into law.

Photo courtesy of obamawhitehouse.gov

How a Bill Becomes Law

Bills Presented to the President: Congress.gov

Bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President's signature.

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House Floor Today: Congress.gov

Identifies the latest bills and resolutions considered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Senate Floor Today: Congress.gov

Identifies the latest bills, resolutions, nominations, and treaties considered on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

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