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Free Resources for Congressional Record
Historical Congressional Record
The Congressional Record is published each day that Congress is in session. At the end of each year the daily editions are bound and renumbered. For more information about searching the daily or bound editions, abbreviations used in each and other information, view the About the Congressional Record from Congress.gov.
The American Memory Project makes available pre-1883 Congressional debates and preceedings from these publications:
Members of Congress
Directory of Current Members of Congress
Limit by chamber, party or state/territory. Offers biography as well as list of legislation sponsored/cosponsored or worked on by that member for all sessions since member joined Congress. Also includes link to Member's Remarks in the Congressional Record.
Paid Resources for Congressional Record
Congressional Record - Bound
Bound volumes from 1873 - 2014 (vol. 1-160). Browse by Congressional session or search by keyword. Page images (pdf) provided.
Congressional Record - Daily Edition
Daily edition from 1980 (vol. 126) - present; updated daily. Browse by Congressional session or search by keyword. Page images (pdf) provided.
1989 - present; historical records also available (1933-1988). Search across full record or limit by date range. Can limit search to particular section of Record: Daily Digests, Extension of Remarks, House Proceedings or Senate Proceedings.
From 1789 to present.
1985 (99th Congress) to present. Search by keyword.
Provides compiled histories, bills, committee hearings, congressional House & Senate reports, other committee publications and the Congressional Record. Records may not offer full-text for all statutes and not all documents are available for each statute.
Senate Floor Webcast
Streaming video feeds of the Senate Floor Proceedings starting with the Second Session of the 112th Congress. View live feed or search archives.
Watch Live House Proceedings
Offers "streaming video feeds of the House Floor Proceedings dating back to the beginning of the 111th Congress. You can view the current session, browse or search the archive for a previous session, or view the summary, a text-only version of the proceedings. You also can opt to download audio (MP3) files of previous sessions and to subscribe to RSS feeds for live video or audio." Includes captions.