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How to Find Legislation

Active Legislation is a list of current bills, arranged by subject, that have been receiving legislative or media attention.  

The THOMAS legislative information system provides search options for finding bill texts and legislative histories from 1973 (93rd Congress) to the present.

For more hints on finding legislation, see How to find bill numbers and How to find copies of bills.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is published daily when either house of Congress meets. It is a published account of Congressional debates and activities, including votes, legislation, and committee meeting announcements. The Congressional Record research guide further explains use and distribution of the Record.

Recent Floor Activity

Use the following choices to view and track recent floor activity by date (choose from the last five days). If the Senate was not in session on the specified date, you will see a header with the date, but no items will appear.

Last Major Action - Obtain a list of all bills with Major Actions on the specified date.
Bills Introduced - Obtain a list of all bills introduced on the specified date.
Congressional Record - See the printed, and substantially verbatim account of proceedings in the Senate for the date specified.
Daily Digest - Read a summary of the day's floor and committee actions, with page references to the Congressional Record. Also lists the measures scheduled for action during the next meeting.
Roll Call Votes - Go to a table of all Roll Call Votes this year. The most recent votes are listed at the top.

Learn about filing lobbying documents with the Office of Public Records.

This chart compares legislative statistics over a 20-year period. The chart is in PDF format.

There are several ways to read the text of bills, including Web and print resources. Use this guide to learn how to find copies of bills.

Find out about congressional voting with this How to guide.

The Senate document room provides copies of publications generated by the Senate; including bills, reports, and committee assignment lists.