Where can I find the Congressional Record?

The Congressional Record includes the proceedings on the floor of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress.gov provides full-text access to daily issues of the Congressional Record dating from 1995 (beginning with the 104th Congress).

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)'s govinfo website includes the Daily Edition and Bound Edition of the Congressional Record from 1873 (volume 1) to the present. 

For 1789 to 1875, the Century of Lawmaking project of the Library of Congress includes full text scans of the predecessors of the Congressional Record, including the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and the Congressional Globe, as well as the Congressional Record through 1875.

ProQuest Congressional and HeinOnline provide electronic access to the Congressional Record and its predecessors. Access to these subscription databases is available onsite at the Library of Congress.

The Congressional Record is also available in print and microform at the Law Library of Congress and other research libraries, including most Federal Depository Libraries.

For more information about congressional debates, visit the Law Library's research guide, Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Beginner’s Guide.

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