If the topic being researched is not a Public Law passed by Congress, then there won't be federal legislative history materials about it. Examples include:
If your assignment is to compile a legislative history for a federal law, choose another topic.
Some Congressional committees have been extremely slow to publish their reports and documents.
Your research will be more difficult and you'll probably need to focus on secondary sources, such as news coverage and articles. Ask for assistance to verify that the reports and documents still have not been published.
If the legislation flew through Congress with little or no opposition, there may have been no hearings and no committee reports produced. In 1995 the rush to meet the 100-day goal of the "Contract with America" resulted in some bills moving forward without hearings and with limited debate.
Your research will be more difficult and you'll probably need to focus on secondary sources, such as news coverage and articles.
It is not possible to determine how individual members of Congress voted unless the vote was recorded name by name. Voice votes are simply a shouted chorus of "ayes" versus a shouted chorus of "nays"; there is no record of how specific individuals voted in a voice vote.
Simply indicate the results and that it was a voice vote, then move on to the next item in your research.
If the report or hearing had not yet been published at the time CIS went to press with the Legislative History volume, then CIS identified the report or hearing by subject, committee, and date, but there won't be a citation that directs you to the microfiche by number. That problem carries over into the electronic product because they just imported the legislative history information from the print version without updating it. NOTE: LexisNexis began a retrospective project to update the records in the online database prior to selling the product to ProQuest, but the status of that project is not known.
So how do you find those reports and hearings?
You can still search for them using the online ProQuest Congressional, but the details won't show up in the Legislative History section. Instead, go to the home page of ProQuest Congressional
If the fiche are not in the CIS drawer and you cannot find them on top of the cabinets waiting to be refiled, you can try using the SUDOC number (e.g., Y4.W36:106-26) to find a copy in our depository microfiche. You do NOT need both versions.