Congressional Publications contains congressional documents (hearings, committee prints, documents, and legislative histories) and also presidential documents (such as executive orders) which are searchable through this fulltext database. CRS Research Reports are particularly helpful for overviews of federal policies on an array of topics.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)Fulltext searchable database of law reviews, cases and statutes -- both federal and state.
Quorum Track current and past legislation within the U.S. Congress and every state's legislature. To use it, you need to set up a free account with your UC Berkeley email. This database is designed for lobbyists, but is a really valuable tool for activists and policy analysts as well!
Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis) lets you search across -- and then limit by -- a variety of sources including law reviews, State and Federal cases, statutes, administrative regulations, and much more.
1. Bill is Drafted
2. Introduced in House (or Senate)
3. Sent to Committee (could have hearings/prints; most die here)
6. Floor Action (House or Senate debate and vote)
7. Sent to Senate (or House)
8. Committee Action
9. Bill Called Up
10. Floor Action
11. Conference Committee Proposes compromises between the two - final version must be identical.
12. Vote on Compromise: Both houses must approve changes made by the conference committee. If approved, the bill goes to the president.
13. Presidential Action: The president may sign (approve) the bill or veto (reject) it. If approved, it becomes law.
14. Vote to Override: If the president vetoes the bill, it can still become law if two thirds of both houses vote to override the veto.
Excerpted from How a Bill Becomes Law, http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4702
Bill (including different versions)
Q: Using the Search by Number page to search for a legislative history brings back other content types, how do I set up a search to retrieve only the legislative history?
A: Use the Advanced Search form. On the Advanced search form you can select the document type you want to retrieve, so deselect the others and check the box for Legislative Histories.
After selecting the document type, you can type in the keywords or the public law number in the search box.
The law number can be formatted several ways (the PL must be in caps):