2011 Green Book Also known as "Background Material and Data on Programs Within the Jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means". It provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States. It is compiled by the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "...invites viewers to search through an on-line biographical directory of the United States Congress from 1774 to the present. Visitors can begin searching by entering the desired criteria which includes: first and last name, position, state, party, and year (or Congress)." From OCLC. in an initial beta phase with plans to transform the Library of Congress's existing congressional information system into a modern, durable and user-friendly resource. Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on The beta version of the site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). From the Law Library of Congress.


The Senate and House each conduct hundreds of recorded/roll call votes each year, used both to pass legislation and amendments as well as to approve motions and for quorum calls. Use the options to navigate the voting records database. (From site)
FDsys provides free online access to federal publications.
  Congressional Bills 103rd Congress (1993) on
  Congressional Documents 99th Congress (1985) on
  Congressional Hearings 99th Congress (1985) on
  Congressional Record 1994-on
  Congressional Reports 104th Congress (1995) on
The House of Representatives website lists current representatives, committees, legislative activity and provides the ability to Watch HouseLive. Legislative Activity is reported, its schedule, Floor proceedings, votes, and Bill & reports. In addition to public disclosure data (financial), the site provides information on Representatives.
OpenSecrets, from "the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government..." From site.
The CRS published Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2011which provides data on leadership in Congress over time.

Proquest Congressional indexes information produced by or pertaining to the United States Congress from 1789 to the present. Provides full text for many titles, generally from


The Senate web site lists and contains information on the current Senators and the committees on which they are serving. It provides access to THOMAS for a bill search, a floor webcasts of Senate hearings, roll call votes, Senate legislative calendar a listing of active legislation and much more.

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. In general, it includes: committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.
Covering the years 1817-1994 (15th-103rd Congress), the Readex U.S. Congressional Serial Set provides full-text access to Congressional documents.
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information available electronically to the public. The following information is currently available from THOMAS*:
  NOTE: THOMAS will be retired by the end of 2014. All information will be available from
  Search Type Coverage
  Bill Summary & Status contains information about bills & amendments Since 93rd Congress (1973)
  Browse Legislation by Sponsor Since 93rd Congress (1973)
  Committee Reports Since 104th Congress (1995)
  Congressional Record Since 101st Congress (1989)
  Congressional Record Index Current Congress through 104th Congress; cumulative for each session; published every 2 weeks
  Days-in-Session Calendars

Senate: since 95th Congress, 2nd Session (1978)

House: since 94th Congress, 1st Session (1995)

  Full text of bills across multiple Congresses Since 101st Congress (1989)
  House Roll Call Votes Since 101st Congress 2nd session (1990)
  Legislation Sponsored by Previous Congress Use Advanced Bill Summary & Status Search
  Presidential Nominations

Since 100th (1987) Congress

  Public Laws by Law Number Since 93rd Congress (1973)
  Senate Roll Call Votes Since 101st (1989) Congress 1st session
  Text of legislation by word/phrase or bill number Since 101st Congress (1989)
  Yesterday in Congress Previous legislative day


Some Congressional Record documents in the 101st and 102nd Congresses are not available on THOMAS.

Missing documents from the 101st Congress are:
All the documents for November 13, 1989; Conference reports for H.R.7, H.R.1465, H.R.996, H.R.2939, H.R.3072, H.R.3614, H.R.5114, H.R.5399, H.R.5769, S.580, S.1939, S.2740.

Missing documents from the 102nd Congress are:
Conference reports for H.Con.Res. 287, H.R.2038, H.R.2508, H.R.2519, H.R.2608, H.R.5006, H.R.5487.


*Data is added to THOMAS continually. House & Senate documents go to the Government Printing Office (GPO), then to the Library of Congress (LOC), then THOMAS. The Congressional Record is updated every day while bills & committee report updates vary


  There are several tools available to identify Acts by their popular name (i.e. Brady Bill).

Acts by Popular Name are searchable in THOMAS ( Click on Bills & Resolutions and scroll down to Browse Bill & Resolutions. You DO need to know the Congress that enacted the bill.



House of Representatives
This “Popular Name Tool” that has a scroll down bar that lists acts alphabetically by popular name.


Cornell School of Law
This “Table of Popular Names” is organized alphabetically. The entries may have up to three types of links. One is the reference to the Public Law number (link to the THOMAS record or FDSYS). The link associated with the "Short Title" goes particular sections of the Code that describes how the particular law was incorporated into the Code.