Presidential Materials

Presidential Materials in the United States

he White House telephone number is 202-456-1414. The White House Web address is www.whitehouse.gov.

Following provides information on obtaining selected Presidential materials. For tough questions, call the Executive Office Library (202-395-3654).

Bills: To find out whether a bill has been sent to or signed by the President, see the separate “Bill Status” entry. See also Signing Statements and Veto Messages, below.

Comments, Speeches, etc: Presidential comments, speeches, remarks, announcements, interviews, etc. are published in the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (formerly the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents) and later compiled in the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (see the Publication of Presidential Materials section, below).

Selected recent comments, speeches, etc. are posted on WhiteHouse.gov.

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: See the “Publication of Presidential Materials” section, below.

Documents sent to Congress: Are published in the U.S. Serial Set.

Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations: Executive Orders and Proclamations from the current administration are posted on WhiteHouse.gov. Most Orders and Proclamations from the Clinton administration (but not those issued in 2001) are available in the archived versions of the Clinton White House Web site.

Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations are published officially in the theFederal Register. You can get Orders and Proclamations going back several years from the online edition, or from any other print or electronic version of the Register (see “Federal Register”). They are also included in the annual Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (for online access, see the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below).

Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations since 1940 are later published in theUnited States Code Congressional and News Service (USCCAN) (see Tables 7 and 8), Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders, which arranges the documents by subject and provides with a substantial index.

Proclamations back to 1846 are published in Statutes at Large (see “Statutes At Large” in this legal Encyclopedia).

For very old Executive Orders not readily available elsewhere, politely contact the Library at the Office of Management and Budget (202-395-3080).

Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations are indexed in the CIS/Index to Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations (1787 to 1983), the CIS Federal Register Index and the CIS/Index to Congressional Publications and Public Laws(a/k/a the CIS/Index). The CIS/Index is available in hard copy and on Lexis (LEGIS;CISINX). If you don’t have a more convenient source, you can buy anything you find in a CIS index directly from CIS (800-638-8380). The National Archives posts an index of Executive Orders that lets you look up where EOs appeared in the Federal Register citation back to 1933.

Nominations: Presidential nominations from the current administration are posted on www.whitehouse.gov and FDsys. The names of Presidential nominations that need confirmation by the U.S. Senate are posted on the Senate Web site and Thomas. Nominations are also posted in Congress.gov back to the 97th Congress (1981-82) and published in the Public Papers of the President (discussed in the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below).

Pardons: For information on Presidential Pardons, see the separate entry for “Criminal Law.”

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: See the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below.

Signing Statements: Signing Statements are published in the Compilation of Presidential Documents (both the Daily and the former Weekly) and the Public Papers of the President, all discussed in the the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below. Signing Statements are also published in the United States Code Congressional and News Service (USCCAN) back into the 1940’s. For more, see Presidential Signing Statements by Shameema Rahman.

State of the Union Addresses: Are posted free back to 1790 on the website of the The American Presidency Project.

Tax Returns: Presidential tax returns are posted online by Tax Analyst’s Tax History Project.

Vetoes: See the separate “Federal Bills” entry if you would like to (a) find out whether a bill has been vetoed by the president, (b) get a copy of a vetoed bill, or (c) to get a list of vetoed bills. For the President’s official statement about a veto, see “Veto Messages,” below.

Veto Messages: Veto messages are published in the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (formerly the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents), the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, all discussed in the the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below.

Veto Messages are also published in the U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN) series and the Congressional Record. USCCAN has been published by West since 1948; the content are available on Westlaw (USCCAN). For information about the Congressional Record, see the separate “Congressional Record” entry.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: See the Publications of Presidential Materials section, below.

Web Sites: The Clinton administration created the first Presidential Web site in the 1990s. The site posted press briefings, radio addresses, and most other publicly released White House publications. Comments, Executive Orders, Proclamations were posted in the related “White House Virtual Library.” Archived versions of the Clinton Web site and Virtual Library are posted by the National Archives as part of the Clinton Presidential Materials Project.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library posts the George W. Bush Administration White House Web Site as it existed in January, 2009.

Publication of Presidential Materials

The Presidential papers and speeches issued by the Office of the Press Secretary are published in the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (formerly the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents). At the end of the year these materials are organized and published in the Public Papers of the President, along with nominations sent to the Senate and Presidential materials published in the Federal Register(Executive Orders, Proclamations, etc.).

The Daily/Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is posted on FDsys from 1993 to the present (with selected materials from 1992).

The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States are posted from 1991 to the most recent year available on FDsys.

Older issues of the Weekly Compilation and Public Papers are available in print in most Federal depository libraries, and from 1965 to last year on HeinOnline.

See Also

Bill Status
Congressional Record
Criminal Law
Federal Bills
Federal Legislative History
Federal Register
Government Publishing Office (GPO)
Private Laws
Public Laws
Statutes At Large

Presidential Materials: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Presidential Materials. This part provides references, in relation to Presidential Materials, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Presidential Materials by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Presidential Materials and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Presidential Materials or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Presidential Materials and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Presidential Materials. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Presidential Materials should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Presidential Materials when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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