Research guides

Congressional Documents

Committee Reports

Committee reports are sometimes written by members of separate House and Senate committees to explain the proposal and intended effects of a bill. These reports usually consist of the agreed-upon bill text from the chamber and an explanatory statement. In some cases, legislators from both the House and Senate develop a conference committee which may also issue a conference report. You will need the House or Senate bill number when searching for reports in the following resources.

Documents are sometimes reprinted in other sources. See the Already Compiled Histories and Using HeinOnline pages of the Federal Legislative History guide for additional resources.

Free Online Resources

Committee Reports of the U.S. Congress Library of Congress - Congress.gov
104th Congress (1995-1996) - present. Can search by keyword, browse, or find specific committee reports by number. Under the search bar, select "More Options" for additional search filters, including Report Type, Legislation and Law Number, and Committees.

Congressional Reports govinfo (GPO)
Coverage from 104th Congress (1995-1996) to current. Can Browse by Congressional Session and Report Type. To search Congressional Reports, click the orange "Search" button, select "Advanced", then under "Refine by Collection" select "Congressional Reports". Search results can be further refined by using the side panel on the search results screen. For additional information and tips, see the About Congressional Reports page.

Member Databases

Congressional Reports
Available on HeinOnline. Select Reports only. Material added regularly. Check for updates. Once in HeinOnline, select U.S. Congressional Documents > Congressional Reports.

House & Senate Reports
Available on ProQuest Congressional. Index coverage from 1819-present. Full-text coverage (HTML) available for select reports from 1990-present. The text of HTML may not be complete. Full-text (PDF) from 1819-1969 and 2004-present.

        • To search by Sudoc or Accession Number (CIS number), select Search By Number then click the tab for "Bibliographic Citations." Enter the number and click Search.
        • To search by Report number, select Search By Number, then click the tab for "Bibliographic Citations." Under "Publication Number," select the Type and Congress, then enter the number and click Search.
        • To search by title, select Advanced Search, then limit to only "House & Senate Reports" using the check boxes on the left side. Select either "All fields except full-text" or "All fields including full-text" from the drop-down menu above the search box, enter your search terms, and conduct a search for the title.
        • See the Using ProQuest Congressional page of this guide for more information.

Research Tip

HeinOnline's U.S. Federal History Library may include links to Committee Reports in its compiled legislative histories. See the Federal Legislative History guide for more information.

Onsite Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law

Committee Reports
Available on the library's Lexis computers. From the Content Type tab, select Statutes and Legislation > Federal > Committee Reports [located in the Legislative Histories section]. Coverage includes 1981-1982; 1989-current (selected coverage from 1981-1982 and 1989-1992).

House Committee Reports
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. House of Representatives > House Committee Reports. 104th Congress (1995) to current.

Senate Committee Reports
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. Senate > Senate Committee Reports. 104th Congress (1995) to current.

Legislative History - U.S. Code, 1948 to present
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Once in Westlaw, from the All Content tab, select Proposed & Enacted Legislation > Legislative History (located in the Tools & Resources box on the right) > Legislative History - United States Code. Coverage includes all congressional committee reports, including reports on bills that did not become law, beginning with 1990. Also has the legislative history of public laws as reprinted in U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN) from 1948 through 1989, as well as the legislative history of securities laws beginning with 1933 and presidential signing statements reprinted in USCCAN beginning with 1986.

U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News: Congressional Committee Reports
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Once in Westlaw, from the All Content tab, select Proposed & Enacted Legislation > Legislative History (located in the Tools & Resources box on the right) > U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News > Congressional Committee Reports. Coverage includes all congressional committee reports, including reports on bills that did not become law, beginning with 1990. From 1948 to1989, includes all congressional committee reports printed in U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN). Also includes other selected reports based on availability as well as all congressional committee reports relating to securities laws beginning with 1933.

Print

Jenkins has access to select Congressional Committee reports on microfiche and in print. The reports on microfiche are part of our CIS collection, which covers the years 1970-2010. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for more information.

U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.) West/Thomson Reuters
Also available on the library's Westlaw computers. May include text of Public Law, Senate, House, and/or conference report. After 1948, also includes names of reports not reprinted in these volumes.
Jenkins has separate catalog records for U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News (1952-current), U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative Service (1951), and U.S. Code Congressional Service (1941-1950).