Congressional Reports

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Congressional Reports, 104th Congress to Present

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About Congressional Reports

What are Congressional Reports?

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.

What is available?

  • govinfo contains select House, Senate, executive, and conference reports from the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Additional documents from previous congresses are also available.
  • The system is updated irregularly for the current Congress, as digital versions of the reports become available.
  • Reports are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
  • Some reports may be available through other govinfo collections.

Types of Congressional Reports

House and Senate Reports

House and Senate Reports contain reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation.

Senate Executive Reports

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

Conference Reports are agreements on legislation that is negotiated between the House and Senate via conference committees. It is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval.

From the earliest days, differences on legislation between the House and Senate have been committed to conference committees to work out a settlement. The most usual case is that in which a bill passes one Chamber with amendments unacceptable to the other. In such a case, the Chamber that disagrees to the amendments generally asks for a conference, and the Speaker of the House and the Presiding Officer of the Senate appoint the “managers,” as the conferees are called. Generally, they are selected from the committee or committees having charge of the bill.

After attempting to resolve the points in disagreement, the conference committee issues a report to each Chamber. If the report is accepted by both Chambers, the bill is then enrolled and sent to the President. If the report is rejected by either Chamber, the matter in disagreement comes up for disposition anew as if there had been no conference. Unless all differences between the two Houses are resolved, the bill fails. (From “Our American Government”, H. Doc. 108-94, p. 34)


Searching Congressional Reports

You can locate Congressional Reports by:

  • Using the Basic Search for keyword and metadata fielded searches,
  • Using the Advanced Search; fields specific to the CRPT will display after you select Congressional Reports in the Refine by Collection column,
  • Using the Citation Search to retrieve a single document in PDF format if you know the Congress number, report type and number, and doucment heading,
  • Narrowing search results by clicking on links in the Refine Your Search panel on the left hand side of the page (the sections under Refine Your Search correspond to the metadata available for the Reports), and
  • Browsing on the Congressional Reports browse page.

General govinfo Search Tips

Search Examples

Search by Congress Number and Chamber - These examples will search for reports from the House of Representatives from the 110th congress.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:crpt and congress:110 chamber:house
  • Using Advanced Search,
    • Select Congressional Reports under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congress Number in the first box and select 110 in the second box.
    • Click + Additional Criteria and select Chamber of Congress then select House of Representatives in the next box.

Search for Conference Reports by Keyword - These examples will search for conference reports with the keywords fire and safety.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: fire safety and confreport:true
  • Using Advanced Search,
    • Select Congressional Reports under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Conference Report in the first box and select True in the second box.
    • Click + Additional Criteria and enter fire safety in the next box.

Search by Report Number - These examples will search for reports with 640 as the report number.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:crpt reportnum:640
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Documents under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Report Number in the first box and enter 640 in the second box.

Search by Congress Member - These examples will search for reports with Reid as the congress member.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:crpt and member:reid
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Reports under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congress Member in the first box and enter Reid in the second box.

Search by Keyword and Committee - These examples will search for reports from the agriculture, nutrition, and forestry committee with the keyword watershed

  • Using Basic Search, enter: watershed and collection:crpt and committee:"agriculture, nutrition, and forestry"
  • Using Advanced Search,
    • Select Congressional Reports under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Committee in the first box and enter "agriculture, nutrition, and forestry" in the second box.
    • Click + Additional Criteria and enter watershed

Search by Citation - These examples will search for House Report 110-640.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:crpt and citation:"H. Rept. 110-640"
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Reports under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Citation in the first box and enter H. Rept. 110-640 in the second box.
  • Using Citation Search, select Congressional Reports from Select Collection box, select H. Rept. from Select Type box, select 110th Congress from Select Congress box, and enter 640 in the next box.

Sample Congressional Reports URLs

Sample Congressional Reports URLs

govinfo uses two key pieces of information to construct predictable URLs to reports and Details pages.

  • Package ID is used to identify an individual report.
  • Granule ID is used to identify volumes, parts or errata that may exist for a single report.
Identifier Structure/Metadata Field Example

Package ID

CRPT-{Congress Number}{Report Type}{Report Number}

Note: Note: Report Type is hrpt (House Report), srpt (Senate Report), or ERPT (Senate Executive Report).

CPRT-110hrpt170

Granule ID

Multiple Parts:

{Package ID}-pt{Part Number}

Multiple Volumes:

{Package ID}-vol{Volume Number}

Volumes and Parts:

{Package ID}-vol{Volume Number}-pt{Part Number}

Errata:

{Package ID}-ERRATA{Errata Number}

Volumes, Parts and Errata:

{Package ID}-vol{Volume Number}-pt{Part Number}-ERRATA{Errata Number}

Note: The first granule will only use the Package ID. All additional granules will use the Volume, Part or Errata suffix.

Note: Errata Number is only used when there are multiple errata. The first errata will not use Errata Number, however the second errata would have 2 as the Errata Number.

Multiple Parts:

CRPT-104hrpt262-pt2

Multiple Volumes:

CRPT-105srpt36-vol2

Errata:

CRPT-104srpt259-ERRATA

Volumes, Parts and Errata:

CRPT-105srpt36-vol3-ERRATA

Details Page for a Congressional Report (Single Part or Volume)
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CRPT-109srpt322

PDF File for a Congressional Report (Single Part or Volume)
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Package ID}.pdf
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-109srpt322/pdf/CRPT-109srpt322.pdf

HTML File for a Congressional Document (Single Part or Volume)
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/html/{Package ID}.htm
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-109srpt322/html/CRPT-109srpt322.htm

Details Page for a Part, Volume or Errata of a Congressional Document
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}/{Granule ID}
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CRPT-107srpt158/CRPT-107srpt158-vol2

PDF File for a Part, Volume or Errata of a Congressional Document
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Granule ID}.pdf
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-107srpt158/CRPT-107srpt158-vol2.pdf

XML File for a Part, Volume or Errata of a Congressional Document
Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/html/{Granule ID}.htm
Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-107srpt158/html/CRPT-107srpt158-vol2.htm


govinfo Link Service

Use the link service to create embedded links to content and metadata on govinfo.


Congressional Reports Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. Metadata fields and values are used throughout govinfo for:

  • Refining Your Search,
  • Browsing Government Publications,
  • Field Operators,
  • Advanced Search, and
  • Display on Details pages.

Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Basic Search box using field operators. The metadata fields and values available for Congressional Reports are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. Using Field Operators

Some of the metadata fields are made available for use in Advanced Search. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page. Using Advanced Search

Metadata Field Display Name Metadata Field Definition Field Operator Field Operator Example

Collection

The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.

collection:

collection:crpt

Government Author

The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:senate

Publication Date

The date the document was first made available to the public.

publishdate:

publishdate:2006-09-30

Date format is YYYY, YYYY-MM, or YYYY-MM-DD

Language

The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.

language:

language:eng

Former Package ID

The document ID of the "package" as originally specified on GPO Access

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":______)

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":"f:sr158v1.107.txt")

Former Identifier

The document ID of the article on the former www.gpoaccess.gov website.

formerid:

Formerid:sr158v1.107

SuDoc Class Number

The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.

sudocclass:

sudocclass:"Y 1.1/5:" or sudocclass:"Y 1.1/8:111-563"

Note: The SuDoc Class Numbers in FDsys are typically at the class stem level, not the book number level.

Ingestion Date

The date the document was ingested into the FDsys preservation repository.

ingestdate:

ingestdate:2010-08-06

Note: Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Electronic Location (URL)

The URL where the document or the content detail page is located.

url:

url:"pkg/CRPT-111hrpt563/pdf/CRPT-111hrpt563.pdf

Publisher

The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Publishing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.

publisher:

publisher:"u.s. government publishing office"

Branch

The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.

branch:

branch:legislative

Possible Values: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

Type of Resource

The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.

typeofresource:

typeofresource:text

WAIS Database Name

The name of the WAIS database to which the document belonged in the former GPO Access system.

waisdbname:

waisdbname:108_cong_reports

Record Origin

How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

Title

The title of the publication.

title:

title:"national defense"

Congress Number

The number of the Congress responsible for the document. Congresses last for two years, so for example, the 110th Congress was in session from 2007 through 2008.

congress:

congress:110

Congress Session

The session of Congress which produced the report. Each Congress is typically divided into two yearly sessions.

session:

session:2

Possible Values: 1, 2

Chamber of Congress

The chamber of Congress which produced the report.

chamber:

chamber:senate

Possible Values: house, senate

Report Type

The type of Congressional report which includes House Reports, Senate Reports, and Senate Executive Reports.

doctype:

doctype:srpt

Possible Values: hrpt, srpt, erpt

 

Conference Report

Search only over conference reports. Conference reports are written to work out differences in legislation between the House and Senate chambers.

confreport:

confreport:true

Possible Values:

true

false

Action Text

Text of the legislative action taken on the report, for example, Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

legislativehistory:

legislativehistory:"ordered to be printed"

Submitted Statement

The statement on the header page identifying the congress member and committee who submitted the report.

submitted:

submitted:durbin

Committee

Congressional committee names listed in the action text or title of the document.

committee:

committee:"committee on armed services"

Submitting Congress Member

The name of the Congress member who submitted the report to Congress.

member:

member:mikulski

Heading

Search for the report heading, for example "part 2", "volume I", or "errata".

heading:

heading:"part 2"

Citation

The GPO standard method for searching citation references from the selected publication.

citation:

citation:"s. rept. 107-20"

Bill Number

The citation of the bill about which the report was written.

associatedbills:

associatedbills:"s. 1"

Treaty Document Citation

The citation of the treaty document about which the report was written.

associatedcdoc:

associatedcdoc:"treaty doc. 103-35"

Congressional Report Citation

Reference to a congressional report within the text of the document.

crptcitation:

crptcitation:"h. rept. 108-32"

United States Code Citation

Reference to a United States Code citation within the text of the document. This citation may only include the United States Code Title and Section, chapter, or appendix numbers.

uscodecitation:

uscodecitation:"42 u.s.c. 408"

Statutes at Large Citation

Reference to a Statutes at Large citation within the text of the document.

statutecitation:

statutecitation:"30 stat. 1129"

Public and Private Law References

A referenced public or private law.

plawcitation:

plawcitation:"public law 93-344"

Senate Hearing Citation

Reference to a Senate Hearing within the text of the document.

chrgcitation:

chrgcitation:"108-225"

CFR Citation

References to title and part number of the Code of Federal Regulations, in standard citation format, for example "14 CFR Part 802" or "14 CFR Chapter IV".

cfrcitation:

cfrcitation:"40 CFR Part 258.24"

Congressional Serial Number Citation

References to congressional serial numbers in the text of the document.

serialnocitation:

serialnocitation:"Serial No. 103"

Reference Citation

Reference to another document within the text of a document.

refcitation:

refcitation:"40 CFR Part 258.24"


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