Precluded use of appropriations to disclose contents

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precluded use of appropriations to disclose contents of Firearms Trace System database), to Permanency of Weapon Testing Moratorium Contained in Fiscal Year 1986 Appropriations Act, 65 Comp. Gen. 588, 589 (1986) (prohibiting use of appropriations in “this Act or any other Act” in effect only for that fiscal year). 5. Legislative History. a. Legislative history is any Congressionally-generated document related to a bill from the time the bill is introduced to the time it is passed. In addition to the text of the bill itself, it includes conference and committee reports, floor debates, and hearings. b. Legislative history can be very useful for resolving ambiguities or confirming the intent of Congress. c. If the underlying statute clearly conveys Congress’ intent, however, agencies will not be further restricted by what is included in legislative history. Intertribal Bison Cooperative, 2001 WL 1526039, at *5, Comp. Gen. No. B-288658, (Nov. 30, 2001) (legislative history may be used to analyze Congressional intent “with the recognition that only the most extraordinary showing of contrary intentions from such analysis will justify a limitation on the ‘plain meaning’ of the statutory language”); ANGUS Chem. Co., 1987 WL 102687, at *2, Comp. Gen. No. B-227033 (Aug. 4, 1987) (“there is a distinction to be made between utilizing
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  • Spring '14
  • JuandaL.Daniel
  • United States Congress

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