Acting under a Congressional directive to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS web site online in January 1995.

The first database made available was Bill Text, followed shortly by Congressional Record Text, Bill Summary & Status, the Congressional Record Index, and the Constitution (now found, along with other historical Congressional documents, under the “Historical Documents” category on the THOMAS home page).

This FAQ explains why the site was replaced and how to access an archived copy.

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