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Congressional Reports originate from Congressional Committees and deal with proposed legislation and/or related issues under consideration or investigation. Generally, there are three types of Congressional Reports:

  • House, Senate or Joint Reports: Reports of one or more Congressional Committee concerning proposed legislation and/or findings on matters under investigation pertinent to the Committees' areas of responsibility or jurisdiction.
  • Senate Executive Reports: Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to Treaties between the United States and foreign nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or are reports of the various Senate Committees regarding the nomination of individuals to Federal government or government related positions.
  • Conference Reports: A Conference Report is typically an agreement negotiated between the House and Senate via Conference Committees in the attempt to resolve the points in disagreement related to pending legislation before both Chambers of Congress. The Conference Report is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval. When both Chambers approve a Conference Report, the agreed upon text within it usually becomes the Enrolled version of the proposed legislation prepared for submittal to the President for veto or signing.

This template simplifies the in-line citation and/or online retrieval of these three types of Congressional Reports in general via the THOMAS online database.


{{ CongRept | x | y | z }}

Parameters Defined[edit]

United States Congress. Every newly convened United States Congress has two sessions, generally mirroring two entire calendar years give or take two dozen days of overlap in January. Valid parameters begin with the One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session (104 = 1995) and continue sequentially up thru the current Congress, the One Hundred Eleventh, First Session (111 = 2009). The Session of Congress itself, the First or Second, is not pertinent to the retrievability of Congressional Reports for this template.
Classification of Congressional Report. The three main types of Congressional Reports can be most easily classified simply by the Chamber in which they originate in with the caveat being the exclusivity of the Senate Executive Reports. Valid parameters for Senate, House, Joint or Conference Committee Reports are based on which chamber the report was originally initiated in, the House of Representatives (h) or the Senate (s).
Number in Assigned Order. Congressional Reports of all types can be initiated in either Chamber of Congress and are assigned numbers sequentially as they are produced during the course of the Session of Congress. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives of every new Congress zeros out the previous one's accumulated list of assigned Congressional Report numbers and start anew. Valid parameters are 1 thru 10000


 You enter:  {{CongRept|x|y|z}}  or  {{Crept|x|y|z}}
 Template returns:   Y. Rept. x-z


 You enter:  The House Committee on Rules reported an original measure,{{CongRept|110|h|449}}.
 Template returns:   The House Committee on Rules reported an original measure, H. Rept. 110-449.

Unresolved/Still to do[edit]

  • Possibly needs additional "Pipe" capability for custom outputs.
  • Ex. Rept only available from FDsys database(s), Not THOMAS, apparently.

List of United States legal citation templates[edit]

View WP version Parameters in (parentheses) are optional.

Template(s) Parameter(s) Description
1 2 3 4 Options
{{UnitedStatesCode}}, {{USC}}, {{usc}} Title Section (end of section range)   (pipe) United States Code via Cornell University's Legal Information Institute
{{UnitedStatesCode2}}, {{USC2}}, {{usc2}} Title Section Description   USC via Cornell: description of the section
{{UnitedStatesCodeSec}}, {{USCSec}} Title Section   (pipe) USC via Cornell: when citing one of a series of USC sections, where it would be redundant to display the full citation for each section, this template can be used to display only the section number.
{{UnitedStatesCodeSub}}, {{USCSub}} Title Section Up to 6 levels of "sub" Access to subsection/paragraph/subparagraph/clause/... to allow correct hyperlinking to the anchors embedded in the Cornell pages.
{{USCSub2}}, {{uscsub2}} Title Section Up to 6 levels of "sub" Combines 'USCSec' and 'USCSub', eliminating redundancy when citing subsections / subparagraphs / &c.
{{Usc-clause}} Title Section Clause   USC via Cornell: allows clauses
{{Usc-title-chap}}, {{usctc}} Title Chapter (Subchapter)   (pipe) USC via Cornell: title/chapter links
Section     Internal Revenue Code {{UnitedStatesCode}}
{{USStat}}, {{usstat}} Volume Page     Statutes at Large via the Library of Congress, the Government Printing Office, or Google Books
{{USPL}}, {{uspl}} Congress Ordinal law   Public Law via GPO Access
{{USStatute}} Congress Ordinal law (Volume) (Page)   Combines {{USPL}} and {{USStat}}, then add optional Year ({{{5}}}), Month ({{{6}}}), Day ({{{7}}})
{{USBill}} Congress Bill type (S, SJ, HR, HJ) Bill number (1-?)   (pipe) Congressional bills via THOMAS
{{USHRollCall}}, {{USHVote}} Year Vote House Roll call vote via Clerk.House.gov
{{USSRollCall}}, {{USSVote}} Congress Session Vote Senate Roll call vote via Senate.gov
{{USCongRec}} Year Section Page (date)   Congressional Record via GPO Access
{{Federal Register}}, {{USFR}}, {{USFedReg}} Volume Page   Federal Register via GPO Access
{{Federal reporter}} Series Volume Case (+ optional parameters) Federal Reporter via Wikisource or OpenJurist
{{CodeFedReg}}, {{USCFR}} Volume Part Section (Clause)   Code of Federal Regulations via GPO Access
{{ExecutiveOrder}} Number   Executive Orders via Wikisource
Chapter Section U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines (2009) via the U.S. Sentencing Commission website
Chapter Section Up to 3 levels of "sub" U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines (2009) via the U.S. Sentencing Commission website
Template(s) 1 2 3 4 Options Description