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U.S. Legislative Process: Reports and Documents

This guide provides access to the documents processed in the legislative process in the U.S.

House and Senate Reports and Documents

Following hearings and mark-up sessions, a committee will issue a report. Committee reports describe the purpose and provide a section-by-section analysis of a bill, indicate changes to existing laws,  and include minority opinions.  A bill will be reported favorably, with amendments, unfavorably, or with action postponed. A committee will rarely report a bill it does not recommend. A bill "dies" if it is not reported back to the chamber by the end of Congress. House and Senate Documents represent a wide range of publications including presidential messages and vetoes, budget-related materials, financial disclosure reports, special studies, and other documents requested by Congress. 

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Individual Document SuDoc numbers

House and Senate Reports and Documents are cumulated into the Congressional Serial Set.

Individual publications SuDoc numbers
    Senate Documents        Y 1.1/3:Congress - #
    Senate Treaty Documents    Y 1.1/4:Congress - #
    Senate Reports        Y 1.1/5:Congress - #
    Senate Executive Reports    Y 1.1/6:Congress - #
    House Documents        Y 1.1/7:Congress - #
    House Reports        Y 1.1/8:Congress - #