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Government Information: US - Legislative

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Types of Legislative Documents

Committee Hearings: Held by committees of the House and Senate, sometimes by joint or special committees, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, to investigate activities of a government department or to evaluate the implementation of federal law.

Congressional Record: Official record of daily floor debates, agendas, and actions of Congress. Preceded by the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe. 

Serial Set: Consists of the reports and documents of both chambers. Congressional reports originate from committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. Congressional documents originate from committees and cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.

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