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Committee reports are issued by House and Senate committees following the consideration of a specific piece of legislation. The report details the progress of the bill in the committee, including how the bill was amended, what amendments were adopted or rejected, the estimated cost of programs proposed in the legislation, opinions of the minority and majority members of the committee, and the "legislative intent" of the piece of legislation.

For each citation, include:

Sample online citations

Since reports are issued by the committee, the committee name must be included in each citation, preceded by U.S. House or U.S. Senate. You need not include "Congress" in the hierarchical order since there is only one U.S. House or Senate. Use only the name of the main committee as the issuing agency, not the name of any subcommittee.

U.S. House. Committee on Appropriations. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 1996, (to Accompany H.R. 2127) Together with Dissenting and Separate Views. (104 H. Rpt. 209). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

U.S. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Report to the Senate on the Activities of the Committee on Environment and Public Works for the 101st Congress. (102 S. Rpt. 55). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

Joint or conference committee report

For a joint committee, use U.S. Congress and the joint committee's full name. For a conference committee, use only U.S. House or U.S. Senate and no committee name.

U.S. Congress. Joint Economic Committee. The 1995 Joint Economic Report (104 S. Rpt. 200). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

U.S. House. National Defense Authorization Act of 1993, Conference Report (to Accompany H.R. 5006). (102 H. Rpt. 966). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

Committee report in multiple sections or volumes

Committee reports may be issued in multiple parts or volumes. In addition, due to the size of a report, the online version of a report may be split into multiple sections. Be sure to provide complete information about multiple parts or volumes as well as the complete number of online section equivalents.

U.S. House. Committee on the Budget. Providing for Reconciliation Pursuant to Section 105 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 1996. (104 H. Rpt. 280; Vol. 1, Sections 1-15). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

U.S. House. Committee on the Budget. Providing for Reconciliation Pursuant to Section 105 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 1996. (104 H. Rpt. 280; Vol. 1, Section 13 of 15). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.

Appendix

It is not uncommon for a copy of the act or other additional materials to be appended to a committee report. On occasion, it may be necessary to cite directly to an appendix. Use the phrase "Included in" to alert your reader that the item being cited is part of a larger document.

"Appendix A: Representative George Miller's Hearing Questions for British Petroleum." Included in: U.S. House. Exports of Alaskan North Slope Oil. (104 H. Rpt. 139, Part 1). Text from: Committee Reports. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 4/30/03.

Note:  For additional help citing online reports, see How to Cite: U.S. Serial Set - Online