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Federal Legislative History

This guide will discuss the types of documents that comes from the legislative process and the steps taken to locate legislative documents.

Committee Reports (House, Senate, Conference)

The committee's method of communicating to Congress. A report explains the purpose of the bill and contains the committee's reasoning and recommendations of the bill. A report may also contain a section by section analysis of the legislation and information regarding the minority position. Reports may be issued by House, Senate, and Conference Committees. Conference reports are numbered within the either the House or Senate series. Reports of a conference committee generally have a House number. The documents are commonly referred to the Congress during which they were issued:

S. Rep. No. 5, 84th Cong. (1995)

H.R. Rep. No. 586, 97th Cong. (1982)

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