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Best Bets for Researching Congress and Legislation
Types of Congressional Publications
used to gather information, explore the need for legislation, or for oversight
Legislation introduced by a member of Congress
Bill Markup Reports
Reports that document the changes made to a bill while in committee
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
The CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis. CRS reports provide good summaries of policy or background information on a matter of interest to Congress.
Publications used by committees during the consideration of a bill. Often written by the Congressional Research Service
House and Senate Committee Reports
Reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation
House and Senate Documents
Documents can include reports of executive departments and agencies, as well as committee prints, that were ordered to be printed as documents. Senate Treaty Documents contain the text of a treaty as it is submitted to the U. S. Senate for ratification by the President of the United States.
Bills that passed both chambers of Congress and were signed by the President