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Congressional documents @ Tutt Library
Dating from 1789:
- summaries of bills,
- House and Senate documents and reports,
- Public Laws, 1789-
- many Congressional Committee Hearing, 1965-
- After 1993, hearings were received in microfiche
- also have electronic access (via Congressional Universe)
Other Congressional publications maybe available on the Internet.
Legislative history refers to
- the progress of a bill through the legislative process
- documents that are created during that process:
- explain why Congress enacted a particular law
- aid in the interpretation of a law.
The components (in order of importance):
- committee reports,
- bills and their amendments,
- sponsor remarks, and
- committee hearings.
For information about a particular bill or law (ex. bill numbers and/or the public law number), find as much background information about the legislation as possible, including what it does and the pros and cons of the legislation:
- Discusses background research
- by support organizations, hearings, committee reports, debate, voting, bills, resolutions, the budget process, and treaties.
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