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Conference Committee Reports

A conference committee is used to resolve differences between the House and Senate regarding a bill. Most bills do not require a conference committee. The report usually contains the bill version resulting from a compromise and discussion of the two versions and the agreement reached.

Conference committee reports are published as House reports (Serial Set) and in the Congressional Record.

See Conference Committee and Related Procedures: An Introduction (CRS) for more on the conference process.

Committee Reports



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Proquest Congressional

1819-1969, selected full text from 1990-; index 1970-2003/

Also available in the Serial Set module

Use the Search by Number function to search for reports associated with a specific bill or law.


FdSys Committee Reports




THOMAS Committee Reports 




GovDocs 3West on paper and microfiche.


Check catalog for holdings.

Pre-1978 reports are part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Use Proquest Congressional to find the Serial Set volume.

Annals of Congress/Congressional Globe/Congressional Record



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Library of Congress



Legislative action often spans more than one congressional session. For all debate on a bill, you may need to use multiple years of the Record. Use the index to identify specific speakers, topics or laws.

Hein has a search by citation feature.

Hein Online 


1789-2006 Bound; 1990- Daily

Print and some fiche (MSU GovDocs NonCirc 3W): Bound edition


Proquest Congressional: Daily Congressional Record 


1789-1999; 1985-present

Search by Member of Congress, subject, roll call votes, full text and bills, laws and resolutions.

Use the Search by Number function to search by citation.

Use the Daily Congressional Record link on the sidebar to search 1985-present.


FDsys: Congressional Record Daily

1994- full text; 1999-2000 Bound; 1983- Daily index;


FDSys has a search by citation feature.