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Federal Legislative History Research: Floor Debates

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.

This is the source for all the floor debates in Congress.

A User’s Guide to the Congressional Record

 

               
 

Free Electronic Sources for Congressional Record

Congress.gov - pdf of Congressional Record beginning with 103rd Congress (1993-94)

FDsys - pdf of Congressional Record from 1994 to present

Electronic Sources for Congressional Record

LexisNexis - full text of Congressional Record from 1985 to present

Westlaw - full text of Congressional Record from 1985 to present

HeinOnline - full text of Congressional Record beginning with Vol. 1 (43rd Congress - 1873)

Bloomberg Law - pdf of Congressional Record  beginning with Vol. 77 (73rd Congress - 1933)

Proquest Congressional  - beginning with 99th Congress (1985-86)

Legislative Insight -  full text of Congressional Record debates associated with enacted legislation from 1929 forward.

Subject Guide

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BLS Library Collection

The library has bound volumes of the Congressional Record shelved in the Statutory collection, located on the second floor of the Library, beginning with vol. 1, 43rd Congress (1873).  The library also receives the daily paper edition which is shelved after the bound volumes.