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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings, debates, and activities of Congress. Although the Record contains a substantially verbatim account of the proceedings and debate, it also contains extensive inserted materials, communications from the President and executive agencies, memorials, and petitions.
Daily and Bound Editions: There are two editions of the Record, a daily edition and a bound, permanent edition. The daily edition reports each day’s proceedings in Congress and is published on the succeeding day. Periodically, throughout a session, an index to the daily Record is published. At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition. The bound edition usually takes several years to be published after a Congressional session ends. The bound edition is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts.
The primary ways in which the bound edition differs from the daily edition are:
Due to the repagination process, a citation in the daily Record does not work with the bound Record, nor does the reverse work. However, there is a cross reference tool on the Search by Number form.
Use the following links for additional information:
These forms are found under the Congressional or the Legislative & Executive Publications links in the menu bar across the top of the interface.
The Advanced Search form allows you to search on specific segments of a document. The search segments below apply to the Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection.
|Anywhere except full text||Contains all bibliographical search segments noted on this page, but excludes the full text body of the publication.|
|Anywhere (including full text)||Contains all bibliographical information and the full text body of the Congressional Record organized by day.|
|Subject||Controlled vocabulary subject indexing. To see a complete listing of the vocabulary, click the Find Terms links.|
|Bills, Laws, and Resolutions||Searches the Bills and Resolutions section of the metadata using search term.|
|Roll Call Votes||Searches roll call votes by topic.|
From the Search by Number pages, the following search options may be used:
The bound Congressional Record currently consists of four sections:
The Proceedings and Extensions of Remarks for each day are bound in chronological sequence, with Extensions of Remarks following the Proceedings for each Chamber. The final volumes of the bound Record of each session are one or more index volumes containing a history of bills and a single volume contain all Daily Digest content for the session.
The metadata in the ProQuest Congressional RecordBound Edition and Predecessors contains:
Note: not all of these elements occur each day/index record.