Bills are one of the main publications to come out of Congress. They are the potential laws of the country and historic bills can be a snapshot into the social, political and economic issues of the time they were drafted. Bills can be found in the following places [Numbers in brackets denote Congessional session]:
Provides full text search and access to all Congressional publications from 1789-present.
One stop shopping for all U.S. congressional publications. Provides indexing and abstracts of congressional publications back to 1789, including the full-text of published Congressional Hearings (1824-present; unpublished hearings until 1979), Committee Prints (1817-present), Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports (1916-present), Congressional Record and its predecessor titles (1789-present), U.S. Congressional Serial Set and Maps (1789-present), Executive Branch Documents (1789-1932), Presidential Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations (1789-present), and Legislative Histories (1969-Present; earlier legislative histories are available via ProQuest's Legislative Insight).
Provides full legislative histories of bills passed into law from 1920's to present (some prior to the 1920's).
"Provides access to more than 18,000 professionally researched legislative histories of US Law. Histories include the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports and prints, Presidential signing statements, and CRS reports. 1929-present"
[83rd Congress(1953/54)- ] Congressional Index - KF49 .C6 Law Library
Congress rarely considers bills in a linear fashion. There are many rules, procedures and precedents that may affect how a bill makes its way though the House and the Senate. The sources below detail Congressional Procedure in both chambers.