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Public Policy for Congress
Full text of more than 8,000 Congressional Research Service reports.
Congressional Research Service Reports
The Congressional Research Service conducts extensive research on matters of public interest for members of Congress. This selection of reports is hosted by the University of North Texas Digital Library.
Selected Legislative Histories
Legislative Histories of Selected Laws on the Internet, prepared by the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
Congress.gov has bill text, summary, and status for past and current legislation, 1973-present. Use the Advanced Search to limit your search to a particular session of Congress or to find legislation that has already passed.
Govinfo.gov provides free online access to official federal government publications and provides links to the U.S. Code, legislative material including hearings, the Congressional Record, and executive branch materials such as the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.
A public law is one that has passed through Congress and been signed into law by the President. It is assigned a law number and is published as a slip law. Example: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Public Law No: 111-148; it is the 148th law passed in the 111th Congress.
Statutes at Large
The Statutes at Large permanently compiles all the public laws passed in a session of Congress, so the laws are arranged chronologically in each volume. The citation reads volume number, name of publication, and page number where the law begins. Example: the Affordable Care Act is found at 124 Stat. 119: volume 124 of the Statutes at Large, page 119.
United States Code
The United States Code gathers all the laws and arranges them by subject matter into a Code with 50 "titles" or subject headings. Title 42 is for Public Health and Welfare, the title where you will find many health and social work-related laws. The Affordable Care Act is codified into the U.S. Code at 42 USC 18001.