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United States Congressional Information: Congressional Record

Congressional information can be a great source if you are interested in looking at specific bills or laws, or if you are looking to understand the intent behind a law, or if you are looking for background information, data and statistics on a variety of

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record contains transcripts of floor debates and proceedings in both chambers of Congress, including the text of some bills and voting information. There are two editions: daily and permanent (bound). The daily edition is issued in paperback pamphlets, which are eventually cumulated into bound volume and re-paginated. 

Debates for sessions prior than 1873 can be found under the following titles

  • Annals of the Congress of the United States: 1st-18th Congresses (1789-1824)
  • Register of Debates in Congress: 18th congress 1st session - 25th Congress 1st session (1824-1837)
  • Congressional Globe: 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-1873) 


Congressional Record guides and sources