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A Legislative history is the record of Congressional discussion that occurred before a law was passed.  The process that leads to the passage a law creates many documents such as bills, hearings, committee reports, and committee prints.  Debates, votes, presidential signing statements, and bill tracking reports may also be included in a compiled legislative history.  The following resources provide compilations of legislative histories.  For a more comprehensive list of sources see the Gallagher Law Library's guide to Federal Legislative History.