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Federal Legislative History

Using Government Websites and govinfo are two government websites that provide access to a lot of government materials. For coverage information and search tips about specific types of materials available on these websites, including Committee Hearings, Committee Reports, Committee Prints, House and Senate Documents, CRS Reports, and the Congressional Record, see the Congressional Documents guide. is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

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