Congress and Session Numbers
In recognizing the numbers that represent the congress and session for legislative information, you can easily browse through print and electronic texts to locate the needed document.
Years of Congress Conversion Table (United States Senate)
Lists each Congress and session, beginning with the first in 1789. Provides the opening and closing dates. Especially handy for tracking the text of bills, hearings, and committee reports when only the Congress is cited.
Example: H.Rpt. 103-2 House Report from the 103rd Congress, 2nd Session
House Reports are indexed in Congressional Publications from 1970 to the present
Public Law Numbers
Closely related to the Congress and Session number is the Public Law Number. The first number of the Public Law refers to the Congress number in which the law was passed. The second number, following the dash, refers to the sequential order in which the bill was passed.
The SuDocs number is a government publications call number that always has a colon (:) in it and looks like this example: Y 4.M 53:103.
Example: Y 4.L 11/4:S.Hrg 104-43
43rd hearing in the 104th Congress, produced in the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources
Senate Hearing could be located through the Congressional Publications index and full text found in the Documents Stacks on Floor 4.
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