When a bill leaves the markup session, it is reintroduced to the chamber’s floor, where legislators may debate different elements of the bill. Floor debates, when they exist, are strong evidence of legislators’ intent because they often include legislators speaking directly about why or why not a bill should become a law and considering the specific language within a bill.
Congressional Record entries: The Congressional Record may contain a transcript of arguments for or against a proposed bill or amendment or explanations of provisions that are vague or unclear within a bill.
Floor debates and remarks regarding bills in the Congressional Record:
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