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Federal Legislative History Research

How to perform federal legislative history research.

Resources on a Bill's Background

Sometimes you can lose sight of the forest for the trees. These resources can provide an overview and context for a law’s passage.  For more information about Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, review the CRS section of the Library of Congress website.

Bill Tracking Tools

Below are tools for tracking legislation and voting information of House and Senate members. You can also check for policy briefs from advocacy groups and think tanks about legislation they favor or oppose. For a listing of organizations and their websites, see The Encyclopedia of Associations at PCL.