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US Legislative Materials & Histories: Presidential Documents

This guide is designed to help you find federal legislative documents in the Law Library, in the Graduate Library, and through online resources

Presidential Documents

The President may issue statements or messages when signing or vetoing a bill. These statements may be useful in interpreting legislative intent.

Indexed By and Obtaining Text:

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Compilation is also available online (1992 - present) via FDSys.

Published since 1965, this set may include some documents relevant to legislative histories, such as announcements, transcripts of speeches, and press conferences. Each issue has an index for the current quarter, and there are annual cumulated indexes.

Other Sources

Presidential messages to Congress are printed as Congressional documents in the Serial Set, as well as in the Congressional Record. United States Code Congressional and Administrative News reprints selected presidential messages and presidential statements made when signing legislation into law from 1986-present.  (See the Legislative History Indexes tab for a description of the Serial Set.) 

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