Legislative Subject Terms

One of 32 broad policy area terms is assigned to every bill and resolution by legislative analysts in the Congressional Research Service upon the release of official text by the Government Publishing Office. The term chosen is the one that best describes the focus or predominant subject matter of each measure. Such factors as the congressional committee of referral and the statutory schemes involved may also play a role in the assignment decision. In some cases, the character of a measure may change drastically in the course of the legislative process (as when a bill is substantially amended and expanded after introduction). Where this occurs, the policy area term may be adjusted to accurately reflect the new version’s focus or content.

The scope notes below are subject to modification and periodic updating.

Subjects: 113th Congress (2013-2014)