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Congressional Documents: Markups&Marks


"After hearings are completed, the subcommittee usually will consider the bill in a session that is popularly known as the 'markup' session. The views of both sides are studied in detail and at the conclusion of deliberation a vote is taken to determine the action of the subcommittee. It may decide to report the bill favorably to the full committee, with or without amendment, or unfavorably, or without recommendation. The subcommittee may also suggest that the committee 'table' it or postpone action indefinitely. Each member of the subcommittee, regardless of party affiliation, has one vote. Proxy voting is no longer permitted in House committees."

Source: How Our Laws Are Made, H. Doc. 108-93, June 20, 2003.

Markups and Marks

Markups are seldom published. When a markup is published, it might be published with or as a Committee Hearing. Search for a markup in places that hearings would normally be found; search for "markup" in the title.

NexisUni includes "Congressional Quarterly Committee Markup Coverage", 2000-present. To search for those materials, from within NexisUni choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > Congressional Quarterly Committee Markup Coverage > click on drop-down arrow > "Add source as a search filter".

A markup might be summarized in a Committee Report. It may be announced in the Daily Digest section of the Congressional Record or in the Legislative Committee Calendar.

Other places to look:

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