Senate, House and Executive Reports: Search Tips
Fielded Searches | List of Available Reports | Sample Searches | Identification Codes
Fielded searches allow you to make your search more specific by limiting your results by pre-selected elements, such as Congress and type of report. The fields for the Congressional Reports databases are as follows:
Congress: 104th, 105th, 106th, and 107th
Type of report: Senate reports, House reports, and executive reports
To select or deselect a field, click on the appropriate box or boxes. You may search one or multiple types of reports and Congresses with a single query. Queries that do not specify a field will perform a search of all of the report types.
Sample Searches (6)
The following sample searches are provided as guides to popular types of searches in the Congressional Reports databases. They are performed in the Congressional Reports database for the 105th Congress. For the sake of space, only the top three or four hits in each results list are included with each example below.
Subject | Report Number | Bill Number | Executive Report and Corresponding Treaty Document
This type of search returns reports that are related to a specific subject. The word(s) that you enter as your search term(s) may appear anywhere within the report.
This type of search returns documents based on report number. The returned documents may be reports that bear the number you have entered as a query, or they may reference the report number in their title or text, as in a regular subject search. If a field for report type is not specified, the search will return relevant Senate, House, and executive reports.
This type of search returns reports that pertain to a given bill. The bill number may be typed with or without punctuation. If no punctuation is used, you must leave a space between the "h" and the "r" for bills in the House.
4. Search by Executive Report and Corresponding Treaty Document
This type of search allows you to retrieve an executive report and its corresponding treaty document. It requires you to perform the same search in both the Congressional Reports and the Congressional Documents databases. To narrow the search results, check the boxes for executive reports in Congressional Reports and treaty documents in Congressional Documents.
A treaty document presents a treaty as submitted to the Senate for ratification by the president of the United States. The corresponding executive report from the Committee on Foreign Relations provides the committee's recommendations on the treaty.
List of Available Reports
To view a current list of Congressional reports available via GPO Access, click on the "submit" button on the search page without having entered any query terms and then select the appropriate document from the results list. The list of reports pertains to the Congress that is selected.
In the list that displays your query results, the title of each Congressional Reports document is preceded by an identification code. The identification code contains two elements: a database abbreviation and the report number. For example, in the listing "H.Rpt.106-18 Spending under current law," "H.Rpt." stands for House reports, "106-18" is the report number, and "Spending under current law" is the title of the report. Variations on the database abbreviation are "S.Rpt." for Senate reports and "E.Rpt." for executive reports. The report number contains the number of the Congress during which the report was published (e.g., "H.Rpt.106-18" was published by the 106th Congress).