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How to Find Bill Numbers

You need a bill or public law number to check the status or request a copy of legislation. Numbers consist of an alphabetic abbreviation (for the branch of Congress that originated the legislation, and the bill type), plus a unique number. The Key to Legislative Citations provides examples.  

Web Access: provides legislative information back to the 93rd Congress (1973) using search facets like congress number, bill type, the status of legislation, subject-policy area, chamber, committee, sponsor, cosponsor, and party. You can also use the facets without a search when you browse a sequential list of all bills and resolutions since 1973.

A list of commonly searched for legislation is available. Bills are listed alphabetically by popular title or general subject. The list is updated regularly when the Senate is in session.

The Senate Calendar of Business and the Congressional Record, which are published daily when the Senate is in session, are useful for identifying current legislation. These resources list bills currently under consideration or pending on the Senate floor.  

If you need further assistance identifying a bill or law number contact your senator or call LEGIS at 202-225-1772.