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U.S. Government Documents: Congressional Member Organizations

Created by Fred Muratori

Congressional Member Organizations

Congressional Member Organizations (CMOs) are "study groups, conferences, coalitions, or caucuses, that include only Members of Congress and focus on legislative and political issues of common interest or concern." (CIS) Among the 185 CMOs (as of 2000) are the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, Minor League Baseball Caucus, Friends of Norway Caucus, Porkbuster Coalition, and the Senate Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

These groups publish newsletters,legislative updates, roll call vote analyses, research reports and "Dear Colleague" letters -- largely documents that track legislative developments. The vast majority of this material is not distributed by the GPO (except in cases where an individual document also surfaces in the Serial Set), nor is it sent to the National Archives. It was virtually unmanaged until CIS asssembled a collection beginning in 1991.

Finding Aids:

Congressional Member Organizations & Caucuses. 1991 - date. OLIN REF +Z1223 Z7 C74
An index and guide to the fiche set noted below.

Full-text online:

CoverageNetworked Resource
unknownSome caucauses maintain Web sites (e.g.,the Caucus on Women's Issues, the Internet Caucus) that may include agendas, briefing books, and other materials. These are often part of the chair's site. Use Google or other search engine to find them.

Print/Microform Locations

CoverageLibrary Location
1991 - 2001microform; Congressional member organizations & caucuses.
Lower Level, Microfiche 1165 (index in REF +Z 1223 Z7 C74)

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