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Federal Legislative History Research

How to perform federal legislative history research.

What Are Committee Prints?

Committee prints are publications that are issued by different congressional committees or portions of committees on topics that relate to their legislative or research activities. These publications include: draft reports and bills, directories, statistical materials, hearings, and legislative histories and analyses. Generally, they are considered to be internal background publications (and may be issued subsequent to enactment of a law).

As internal working papers, prints are often not announced for public distribution. There are no standard procedures for the printing, publication, or format of these prints. In 1983 (98th Congress), the Senate adopted a numbering system for official committee prints; the House does not have one. For more information, see the Government Publishing Office (GPO).

Please note, access to certain databases linked in this guide may be restricted to Texas Law or the UT community; please see the library's Databases page that lays out access privileges.

Further questions

If you have any further questions, you can contact our Government Documents Librarian, Barbara Bridges, in Room 4.203 of the Library. She is available Monday through Friday to help you find elusive committee prints, or any other government documents you have having trouble locating. 

Where to Find Committee Prints