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The legislative history of a bill is a record of its course through Congress. Each step during passage is documented. Once a bill is passed it becomes a law. The yellow tab above entitled "Tracing a Bill" describes this process in greater detail.

The page "Indexes to Legislative History," accessible via the yellow tabs above, describes the publications and online resources that serve as indexes to the entire legislative history of a bill.

Listed below are several guides that explain the legislative process in detail. 


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