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Business and Public Policy Research Guide

Document Trail Chart

How to track a law from the bill stage though passage into law.

GAO = Government Accountability Office

CRS = Congressional Research Service

CBO = Congressional Budget Office

Legislative Histories and Bill Tracking

Congressional Record

Congressional Record is the proceedings of the United States Congress.

Congressional Reports

Congressional Reports eventually become part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Congressional Reports, consisting of Senate and House Reports, are important for several reasons: 1) they often present the legislative intent of congressional bills (why was this law needed?; what were the legislators thinking?; and 2) they often present statistics and other useful background information.

Congressional Hearings

Other Legislative Sources