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1 Thomas 1 Note: Legislative Process link – How our Laws are Made and Enactment of a Law Search Multiple, Previous Congresses Example: 110 th and 111 th congresses, credit card, enrolled bills sent to the President Results: include H.R.627 Link to the Bill Summary & Status file All Congressional Actions with Amendments Note: H. Rept Note: 3/19/2009 Subcommittee Hearings Held - Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Advanced Search Thomas.loc.gov - Search Multiple Congresses | Search Bill Summary & Status | Try the Advanced Search 111 Congress Sponsor: Maloney, Carolyn Word/Phrase: credit card Stage in Legislative Process: Public Laws

2 Thomas – Hearings 2 Only option is to browse to the Committee (House or Senate) to see if hearing (transcript, audio, video) is posted. Example: Credit Card Act Hearings, 3/19/2009 House Financial Services Committee; Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee Web Page: Archive: 3/19/2009H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009; and H.R. 1456, the Consumer Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act of 2009 Note PDF of official hearing publication (111-17)and also video webcast111-17

3 Govtrack.us 3 Pulls in information from Thomas Well thought out presentation of information Bill Search: H.R.627 Sponsors/co-sponsors Summary/text Project Vote and CRS Votes Full text Bill comparisons – side by side or highlighted Reports No committee report? Floor Speeches Related Legislation

4 ProQuest Legislative Insight (LI) and ProQuest Congressional In depth Legislative histories More PDFs of documents Try here first then go to Congressional du/library/ - Databases - ProQuest Legislative Insight Or directly: nexis.com/legisinsight nexis.com/legisinsight Still has legislative histories (more than LI at moment, but less indepth, and not as current) Information on bills that did not pass library/ - Top Databases - ProQuest Congressional nexis.com/congcomp nexis.com/congcomp 4 Legislative InsightCongressional

5 ProQuest Legislative Insight Compiled Legislative History: Navigation 5 Home: Citation Checker Note date coverage on left side of screen PL | Go to Legislative History Quick Search: Popular Names of Laws List Start typing credit card… Can limit to publication types Guided Search Drop down menu of choices Example: credit card act Can limit to publication types

6 ProQuest Legislative Insight Compiled Legislative History: Navigation 6 Search by Number Public Law Number Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009 Legislative Process PL Can easily limit to view different publication types

7 ProQuest Legislative Insight: Structure of Compiled Legislative History PL PL contains 65 publications Can use drop down boxes at top to sort by publication type or timeline Bill (HR 627) and Companion/Related Gives bill progress Congressional Record – i.e. debate Reports (110th and 111th Congress) Related Reports Hearings (109 th, 110th and 111th Congresses) Many pdfs of hearings - including digitally signed version Committee Prints (109 th and 111 th Congresses) Miscellaneous Publications CRS Reports

8 ProQuest Legislative Insight: Structure of Compiled Legislative History PL Can search within the 65 publications of the legislative history Example: search publications – find terms in full text publications Elizabeth warren – found in 14 publications

9 ProQuest Legislative Insight: Guided Search 9 Guided Search Can limit by publication type and congress Example: consumer protection act and limited to presidential signing statement

10 ProQuest Legislative Insight: Historical Documents 10 Home | Citation Checker or Browse Total Histories Available on Legislative Insight PL (Foreign Assistance Act of 1961) A formal compiled legislative history

11 ProQuest Congressional 11 ProQuest Congressional Legislative history service (also exists in native Lexis as CIS but is a stripped down version without pdfs of documents and depth of coverage) - Top Databases - ProQuest Congressional Or directly: Congressional Publications Search Tabs Basic search Advanced Search Search by Number Congressional Record Only Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws (left menu item) Search Tabs Keyword Search Get a Document Alternative Route to legislative histories Tab: Search by Number | Find a legislative history by number

12 ProQuest Congressional: Compiled Legislative History 12 Legislative History of PL Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws – Get a Document Or Congressional Publications – Search by Number Public Law Number Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009

13 ProQuest Congressional: Advanced Search 13 Congressional Publications - Advanced Search Example: cuban and democracy and limit to 104th h Congress Hearings – Digital Collection Legislative History – PL Reports Example: Hearings Example: "north korea" and human rights( date previous 5 years and limited to hearings) Note: Hearings – Digital Collection Example: Witness (from drop down menu in advanced search) Lastname: Warren Firstname: Elizabeth (last five years) Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights: Providing New Protections for Consumers, March 13,2008 [Consumer Financial Protection Efforts: Answers Needed], CIS-NO: Not Yet Assigned,

14 ProQuest Congressional: Search By Number 14 Congressional Publications - Advanced Search Search by Number Example: Find Congressional Publications Related to a bill or Law: HR 927 from 104th Congress Note: there are some documents here that did not show up in the compiled legislative history of PL CRS report

15 ProQuest Congressional: CRS Reports 15 Congressional Publications - Advanced Search CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service) The Congressional Research Service (CRS) was established within the Library of Congress to provide members, committees, and congressional staff with nonpartisan and objective research and analysis on all public policy issues. Example: north korea and trade (date: last five years) OpenCRS - OpenCRShttp://opencrs.com/ Public access to a selection of CRS reports

16 ProQuest Congressional: Historical Documents 16 Congressional Publications – Advanced Search Example: unamerican activities and date between 1947 and 1951 Committee Prints - Digital Collection Hearings -- Digital Collection Serial Set - Digital Collection Focus search: Brecht Hearings Regarding the Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry, DOC-TYPE: Hearings -- Digital Collection, HEARING-ID: HRG-1947-UAH-0014, Oct , 27-30, 1947, 552 pp., LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, Full Text Available Example: pledge of allegiance and date limited to between 1950 and 1960 Hearings – Digital Collection Serial Set Collection - Digital Collection

17 HeinOnline: Legislative Resources 17 |Top Databases |HeinOnline U.S Federal Legislative History Library U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act PL Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database Example: 111-2/S Stat. 5 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Of 2009


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