Information about “rules” in the House, whether there was floor debate and/or a conference committee and report, votes, and related questions: Congressional Record [title varies], 1789-
Congressional Record via Govinfo, 1983-
Committee Documents and Reports include committee roll call votes if there were any.
They describe the purpose of the bill and the reasons the Committee recommends approval, cost estimates, any executive request about the bill, the text of changes in existing laws, and Committee amendments to the original bill.
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895- (DOCS)
- (See description under “Finding Congressional Legislative Documents.”)
- Search by the subject of the legislation. Note the type of Report or Document and Congress (also session if available).
Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes, 1933-1980. (DOCS INDEX)
Checklist of U.S. Public Documents 1789-1910. (DOCS INDEX)
Hearings contain the testimony of people interested in a government program/initiative or in the passage or defeat of a bill — representatives of the administrative branch, members of Congress, state and local officials, interest group representatives, and others. (Hearings are not held for every bill.)
- Congressional Universe
Committee Prints are publications from committees. Use the catalog to find and request.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1895- (DOCS G 3.8)
(See description under “Finding Congressional Legislative Documents.”)
- Search by the subject of the legislation.
- Note the SuDOC number for the hearing(s) or committee print(s) starts with Y 4.
- Look for call numbers in the paper and microfiche collections.