I have sought here to distill everything I have learned over 40 years of study, lobbying, and activism to annotated the words of the law with:
The official congressional documents:
- The committee reports explaining the bill to the full Senate and House of Representatives.
- The conference report explaining those few changes made in resolving the final differences between the two versions passed by the two houses.
- The introductory speeches and floor debates as Congress worked on the legislation.
The intent as expressed by its draftsman, Howard Zahniser, and his closest confidants, notably David Brower of the Sierra Club.