A term to know.
A document that presents a committee’s explanation of its action on legislation referred to it. Each Senate report is assigned a number that includes the number of the Congress during which it is published (e.g., “S.Rpt. 105-830” refers to a report created in the Senate during the 105th Congress). Conference reports are numbered and designated in the same way as regular Senate reports. Most reports favor a bill’s passage, although a bill can be reported without recommendation. When a committee report is not unanimous, the dissenting committee members may file a statement of their views (minority views) in a minority report. A reported version of a bill references the applicable report number.