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Congressional and Legislative Tracking: Hearing, Prints and Reports

DEBATE AND CONFERENCE ACTION:

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-

  • Official record of the floor debates and votes of Congress.
  • "Senate Bills and Resolutions" and "House Bills and Resolutions" sections at the end of each year’s index volume give page numbers for:
    • "rules," debate, conferences, conference reports, and votes

Congressional Universe

  • Use “Congressional Record”

Congressional Record via Govinfo, 1983-

      

HOUSE AND SENATE DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

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.

Congressional Universe (CC and library use)
Congressional Committee Materials - (Govinfo)


More Indexes

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)

COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND PRINTS

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
   - GovInfo

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.