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Congress

Use for researching Congress or finding Congressional documents like bills. laws, legislation, serial set, debate, Congressional Record, CRS reports, primary source documents, hearings, prints, reports and policy.

Congressional Debates 1789-1873

Congressional Debate 1873 to present

About Congressional Debate

Congress has recorded its proceedings and floor debates in different series over the years.  Since 1873 the official series is the Congressional Record. When Congress is in session it is published daily. The Congressional Record consists of four sections: the proceedings of the House, the proceedings of the Senate, the Extensions of Remarks, containing matter not part of the spoken debates and proceedings; and the Daily Digest of activity in the Congress.