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Legislative & Executive Publications

Full text of the following publications are included in our subscription to ProQuest Congressional:

Congressional Hearings (1824 through 2016)

Published hearings are the official record of committee hearings proceedings. Hearings, which are usually open to the public, are held to enable committees to gather opinions and information to help Members make decisions regarding proposed legislation or to help them fulfill their oversight and investigation responsibilities.

Congressional Bills (1789 through 2016)

All versions of all Bills and Resolutions.

Congressional Committee Prints (1830 to present) 

Congressional committee prints are publications issued by congressional committees on topics related to their legislative or research activities. The subjects of the committee prints vary greatly, due to the different concerns and actions of each individual committee.

Congressional Record (1789 to 1997)

Includes the Congressional Record and its three predecessors: the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), the Register of Debates (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873). These publications serve as the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. A complete run of the Congressional Record is in:

Congressional Reports and Documents (Serial Set) (full text 1789 to 1969, indexing to present)

Our access to ProQuest Congressional includes full text of the Serial Set (House and Senate Reports and Documents) through 1969. Serial Set documents for 1817-1980 are available in the separate Serial Set database.  

Serial Set documents for 1980-1995 are in print format in PCL, 5th floor, section K and those for 1995-present are available on the Federal Digital System site from the Government Printing Office.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports (1916 to present)

Includes reports of the CRS (1970 to present) and the earlier Legislative Reference Division or LRS (1916-1969). The CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

Unpublished Hearings (1824 to latest available)

Senate unpublished hearings can be released after 20 years and House unpublished hearings can be released after 30 years, but all hearings can be held 50 years or more for national security or privacy reasons.

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