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Congressional Committee Reports

Currier & Ives. The first colored senator and representatives - in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States. 1872. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Congressional Reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. Congressional Reports, along with Congressional Documents, are part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set , commonly referred to as the Serial Set.

Three types of Congressional Committee Reports are available:

  • House and Senate Reports contain reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation.
  • Senate Executive Reports contain reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to Treaties between the United States and foreign nations, which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or reports of various Senate Committees regarding nomination of individuals.
  • Conference Reports are agreements on legislation that is negotiated between the House and Senate via conference committees

Learn more about Congressional Committee Documents at govInfo

Subscription Databases for Finding Congressional Committee Reports

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Free Resources for Finding Congressional Committee Reports

The Government Depository Collection at the Library of Congress

The Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room keeps the latest ten years of U.S. Government Documents in print or on microfiche as part of the U.S. Federal Government Depository Collection.  A SuDoc number is necessary in order to request these.  GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications can help you find the SuDoc numbers.