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How to Find Committee and Conference Reports

Reports are published very quickly after they are written. The easiest way to access a committee or conference report is by its number. You can find out if a committee report or conference report has been issued by looking in the "Actions" section of a bill's summary page on

You can read the full text of recent committee and conference reports on govinfo (GPO),, or you may be able to order them from the Senate or House Document Rooms, find copies of them in a library, or purchase them from the Government Publishing Office. In addition, you can read the full text of a conference report in the Congressional Record.

Web Access

The full text of more recent reports are on the govinfo (GPO) and websites:

GPO's website, govinfo provides the full text of committee and conference reports from the 104th Congress (1995-1996) to the current Congress. You can browse a chronological list of reports, or use the Advanced Search to search by a variety of fields. Highlight "Committee Reports" in the Available Collections drop down box and add it to "Selected Collections". provides the full text of committee and conference reports from the 104th Congress (1995-1996) to the current Congress. A faceted search allows you to further break down the list by report type, Congress, and committee. Links to reports are also provided on a bill's summary page and in the list of actions.

Document Rooms

The Senate and House Document Rooms may be able to provide you with a copy of a committee or conference report. Check with them for availability.


Committee and conference reports may be available in large library systems or college libraries, frequently as a part of their participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Over 1,100 libraries participate in the FDLP, collecting and/or providing public access to government documents. A list of depository libraries is available on GPO's website. Since most depository libraries are within a university or state library, calling ahead to ask about hours is advised.

Purchasing from GPO

Congressional reports may be available for sale from GPO; you will need to check  GPO's Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. More information is available from GPO by calling 202-512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800 or by visiting the online U.S. Government Bookstore. You may also fax or mail an order form.

Congressional Record

All conference reports are printed in the Congressional Record three calendar days before floor consideration, unless this requirement is waived by unanimous consent or by a special rule.