Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Senate Printing and Document Services

B-04, Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510-7106
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone:   (202)224-7701 (availability inquiries only)
Fax:   (202)228-2815

Documents Available
The Senate document room provides copies of publications generated by the Senate, including bills and resolutions; legislative and executive reports, including conference reports; documents; and committee assignment lists (pdf). The document room also supplies copies of public laws and treaties. Bills, resolutions, and committee rosters are available for the current Congress only. All other items are held 10 years or more.
Many bills are available online or through a depository library.
Documents produced by the House are available from the House Legislative Resource Center.
How to Obtain Senate Documents
You can request documents in person, in writing, via e-mail, or via fax. Please use document numbers, and not bill titles or descriptions, in your request.
Active Legislation is one of several resources that will help you find bill numbers.
 How to . . .   find committee reports and conference reports

Reports are published very quickly after they are written. The easiest way to access a committee or conference report is by its number. You can find out if a committee report or conference report has been issued by looking in the "Bill Status and Summary" section of THOMAS.
You can read the full text of recent committee and conference reports on the Web, or you may be able to order them from the Senate or House Document Rooms, find copies of them in a library, or purchase them from the Government Printing Office. In addition, you can read the full text of a conference report in the Congressional Record.

Web Access
The full text of more recent reports are on the GPO FDsys and THOMAS websites:
GPO FDsys provides the full text of committee and conference reports from the 104th Congress (1995-1996) to the current Congress. You can browse a chronological list of reports, or use the Advanced Search to search by a variety of fields. Highlight "Committee Reports" in the Available Collections drop down box and add it to "Selected Collections".
Starting with the 111th Congress (2009-2010), GPO also began publishing conference reports on a separate webpage.
THOMAS provides the full text of committee and conference reports from the 104th Congress (1995-96) to the current Congress. Although you will be linking to the full text of the report on FDsys, the THOMAS page can be easier to search.
Document Rooms
The Senate and House Document Rooms may be able to provide you with a copy of a committee or conference report. Check with them for availability.
Committee and conference reports may be available in large library systems or college libraries, frequently as a part of their participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Over 1,100 libraries participate in the FDLP, collecting and/or providing public access to government documents. A list of depository libraries is available on GPO's website. Since most depository libraries are within a university or state library, calling ahead to ask about hours is advised.
Purchasing from GPO
Congressional reports may be available for sale from GPO; you will need to check  GPO's Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. More information is available from GPO by calling 202-512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800 or by visiting the online U.S. Government Bookstore. You may also fax or mail an order form.
Congressional Record
All conference reports are printed in the Congressional Record three calendar days before floor consideration, unless this requirement is waived by unanimous consent or by a special rule.

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