The Debates of the American Congress

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The Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is issued daily while Congress is in session and consists of the debates of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the American Congress.

Format: 

There are four separately paged sections to the Congressional Record:

 

  1. The Proceedings of the Senate
    • pages preceded by the letter S
    • covers the debates in the Senate as revised by the member
    • may include material which has not been spoken in the Senate
  2. Proceedings of the House of Representatives
    • pages preceded by the letter H
    • covers the debates in the House as revised by the members
    • may include relevant material which has not been spoken in the House
  3. Extensions of Remarks
    • pages preceded by the letter E
    • material that members have asked to be read into the Record
    • Thomas
  4. The Daily Digest
    • pages preceded by the letter D
    • a summary of the main activities of the day: committee meetings, lists of witnesses, legislative action.

 

Indexes: 

The Congressional Record Index is issued every two weeks. There are two sections:

 

  1. Index to Proceedings
    • arranged by subject and by speaker
    • references are to pages in the Senate, House and Extension of Remarks sections of the Record

  2. History of Bills and Resolutions
    • arranged by number
    • references are to pages in the Senate or House sections of the Record
    • enables the user to trace the progress of legislation through Congress
    • can also be used to locate Senate and House debates on proposed legislation

 

Holdings: 

Annals of the Congress of the United States, 1789-1824.
UA1 AB -C54 (MILLS Gov Pubs (mfilm))

Register of Debates in Congress, 1824-1837.
US1 AB -C54 (MILLS Gov Pubs (mfilm))

Congressional Globe, 1833-1873
US1 AB -C54 (MILLS Gov Pubs (mfilm))

Congressional Record, 1873-
US1 AB -C55 (MILLS Gov Pubs (mfilm))