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Federal Legislative History Guide

How to locate, compile, and understand the legislative history of federal acts.

About Committee Reports

Committee reports often provide a section-by-section analysis of a bill and include recommended amendments. They are extremely important in determining the legislative intent of Congress. These documents are known as ‘House Reports' or ‘Senate Reports.'

Sample Citation

H.R. Rep. No. 353, 82d Cong., 1st Sess. (1951).
S. Rep. No. 84-2, at 7 (1955)
H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 98-1037

Locating Committee Reports

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