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Reports come from House or Senate committees. When a committee reviews a bill and is favorable towards the bill's passage, the bill is sent back to the House or Senate floor for debate and voting. Generally a written report is sent with the approval. The report contains a summary of the purpose and scope of a bill, the reasons for its approval, the committee's findings and recommendations, and a statement estimating the costs (or revenues) resulting from its potential enactment for the current fiscal year and five successive fiscal years. All changes to existing law must be indicated in the report, and the text of laws being repealed must be indicated. Occasionally, committee reports serve as background on a public policy issue and therefore are not linked to a certain bill or piece of legislation.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Congressional Reports are a component part of the Serial Set. See this Sources by Subject page for access to the Serial Set. Covers 1789-present.
1990-current full text. Indexing information including title, report number, date, and subject available from 1795. Updated daily when Congress is in session. Choose House and Senate Reports in this Advanced Search.
Congressional Reports - Congress.gov
1995-current. Note: The default search is the current congress only. For earlier years click the desired congress at the top of the blue box.
Congressional Reports - GPO
1995-current. Reports are available for download in PDF format.
Committee Reports - CQ.com
1995-current. Search by committee, date, and corresponding bill number. Go to "Advanced Search" to search by keyword, congress, and more.
U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News
1949-2000. Previously titled "United States Code Congressional and Administrative Service" and "United States Code Congressional Service", this publication compiles congressional reports for bills that became law. Also included is a subject index and a table correlating the number of each Public Law to the corresponding Statutes at Large citation, bill number, and committee report number. Print only. Available in the GovPub Stacks, call number KF 48 .W45
Congressional Reports in Print at the U.W. - Catalog Search
1992-current and select older reports going back to the early 1900s are available in print. Congressional reports are shelved in the GovPub Stacks U.S. in the Y4s. Find the exact call number via the UW Library Catalog.
Congressional Reports on Microfiche at the U.W.
1995-2009. Ask at the Government Publications help desk for the retrieval of these items. Call number M-5016, filed by CIS number.
Finding aids are used to identify documents and pinpoint their location. Information such as title, CIS number, and SuDoc number may be included. The following finding aids are print resources and the items they index can be found via the above resources.
CIS US Serial Set Index
1789-1969. Items indexed by subject and bill number. Held in GovPub Reference, call number Z1223 Z9 C65
Indexes congressional documents such as committee prints, reports, hearings, and other materials relating to the creation of public laws. In 2001 the title changed to CIS Index Annual. This index forms the core of the Proquest Congressional
database (Access for all on-campus; login required from off-campus).
Call number KF49 .C62
1970-2001 Held in the GovPub Stacks.
1970-2011 Held in the Gallagher Law Library
This map from 1895, showing current and proposed boundaries for Yellowstone National Park, was printed in House Report 1763 from the 53rd Congress. The report is titled Boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory Project.