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Federal Legislative History Research: Reports

This guide will outline the resources available at the University of Missouri School of Law for federal legislative history research.

What is a Committee Report?

Committee reports are issued which reflect the committee’s opinions on the bill.  They include a description and analysis of the bill, discussion of its background, committee's findings/recommendations, text of recommended bill, minority views, and recommended costs.

Note: A Committee report is different from a CRS Report. CRS (Congressional Research Service) is an arm of the Library of Congress that researches policy issues and provides the information found in a report to Congress. Committee reports are reports from the committee itself. 

How to Cite a Committee Report

Bluebook Rule 13.4 (a)

"Numbered federal reports and documents. Citations to numbered federal reports should include the name of the house, the number of the Congress connected by a hyphen to the number of the report, the part and/or page number on which material being cited appears, and the year of publication. Use large and small caps for the house, abbreviation of report, and abbreviation of number."

Example

H.R Rep.No. 107-69, at 2 (2001).

Committee Reports

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Other Options

More Resources

Westlaw:            

Legislative History database (all Committee reports since 1990; Committee Reports of bills signed into law from 1948)

Online:             

Congress.gov: (1995 - present)

FDsys: (1995 - present)

govinfo.gov: (1995 - present)

Library:           

MU Law subscribes to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set covering years 1817-1980.  The Serial Set contains the House and Senate reports, the House and Senate documents, and other congressional materials.  If you are not a  Mizzou student you will need to use one of the computers in our reference alcove to access this subscription.