Extent: 3 linear ft.
Boxes: 65 - 68
Contents: Democratic Study Group reports, Legislative Activity Guides, organizational reports,
"Dear Colleague" letters, legislation, Legislative Profile reports.
Arrangement: Chronologically by Congress, and then by type of publication.
This series contains voting records and overviews of key issues for the 98th, 99th, 100th
and 101st, and 102nd Congresses (1983-1992), non-inclusive. Also included are papers relating
to sponsorship and cosponsorship of bills by Carper.
The voting records include Legislative Activity Guides published by the Office of
Legislative Operations, under the supervision of the Clerk of the House, and compiled for each
individual member of Congress. The Legislative Activity Guides detailed daily voting activity,
and included a roll call summary for the session. Democratic Study Group (DSG) reports from
the 98th, 99th, 101st, and 102nd Congresses summarize various bills and detail how each member
voted. Organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers, Consumer Federation of
American, the Sierra Club, and the National Taxpayers Union also kept voting record reports.
These analyses and ratings detail voting records and often "grade" members of Congress on how
they agree with organizational platforms.
The sponsorship/cosponsorship portion of the series contains a mix of correspondence,
official reports from the Office of the Clerk, and actual bills. Legislative profiles for Tom Carper
from the 99th Congress, 1st Session (1985), and 102nd Congress, (1991-1992), delineate
Carper's sponsorships and cosponsorships of measures and amendments, and report the latest
status on the piece of legislation. An abstract of the bill and summary of action taken are part of
the reports. "Dear Colleague" letters, written by members of Congress to their colleagues inn
Congress, solicit support for a specific bill or issue. Carper's staff usually wrote a note to Carper
on the "Dear Colleague" letters requesting his yea or nay. Many of these letters are additionally
annotated by Carper, noting his affirmation or denial to sponsor.