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Government Documents: Legislative
Typical government documents you may encounter in the course of legal research.
List of bills that have passed both chambers and sent to the President for his signature.
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Summary of floor and committee activity from the most recent Congressional Record.
Congress generates much more information than the ingredients that make up legislative history. The Congressional Record and Congressional journals and other publications document statistics on activity as well as document floor debate. Congress can publish reports for its own use, such as committee prints, and has its own agencies that inform the body on important issues of the day. Directories of current and past Congresses help provide a context for past legislative actions.
Database containing most of the records of chamber activity from 1994 to present, including legislation, floor debate and committee reports.
Records of Congressional Activity
The publication of debate on the floor of both chambers of Congress is the Congressional Record, which was first published in 1873. Prior to the Congressional Record, Congressional debate was published in the Congressional Globe (1833-73), the Register of Debates (1824-37) and the Annals of Congress (1789 - 1824).
List of House documents and Senate documents ordered to be printed--such as executive agency reports, committee prints, etc.--as well as Senate Treaty Documents. This list runs from the 99th to current Congress.
Congressional Committee Prints are congressional committees publications that can provide detailed historical, statistical, statistical and policy analysis on matters brought before a committee. Coverage runs from the 102d to current Congress. It also includes the 94th Congress.
One of the lead commercial providers of Congressional information. The historical coverage beyond that offered by GPO's FDsys is extensive.
Congressional agencies provide support to the chambers to assist in their decision making through analysis and reports. Such reports may be helpful in interpreting legislation or other forms of Congressional activity. One of the most prolific of such agencies is the Congressional Research Service (CRS). While CRS reports are not made public, numerous sites do post their reports online and these are listed separately below.
Independent, nonpartisan agency which analyzes budgetary issue for Congress. CBO produces cost estimates on individual bills and the President's budget. It also issues budget projections and reports on issues which affect the budget and the economy.
The TMLL has CRS reports for Homeland Security/Terrorism and Health Law and Policy but it also has links to other institutions with report collections on environmental law & policy, foreign policy and relations, intellectual property, cyberlaw, and electronic commerce, intelligence, military and national security.
Independent, nonpartisan agency that monitors federal spending for Congress. GAO produces reports on government programs. It also issues legal decision and opinions on bid protests, appropriations law and other issues.