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Federal Legislative History Research: Debate/Congressional Record

The Text of Debate

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and the debates of the United States Congress. 

The text of House and Senate floor debate by legislators on specific bills is found in the  Congressional Record. 

Statements by a bill's sponsor or by the chair of a relevant committee can be useful in understanding a bill. 

About the Congressional Record, provided by Congress.gov, is very informative. 

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Westlaw

Westlaw provides the following:

Congressional Record 1985 - 

 

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law provides the following:

Congressional Record  1933 -  In All Legal Content, type "congressional record" into the Select Sources box. Filter from the drop down menu.

Lexis Advance

Lexis provides the following:

Congressional Record 1989 -                            (In the main search box, type "committee reports" Select Congressional Record  from the sources listed in the drop down menu)

Congressional Record Retro 1873-1997        (In the main search box, type "congressional record"  Select Congressional Record Retro 1873-1997 from the sources listed in the drop down menu)

Physically in the VLS LIbrary

Congressional Record  1977--2008  can be found in the Library's Microfiche Collection

 

ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional provides:

Congressional Record  1985 -                     Select Congressional Record Daily Edition under the Advanced Search option. 

 

HeinOnline

HeinOnline provides: 

In the  U.S. Congressional Documents Collection:

Congressional Record Bound and Daily Versions  1980

Also, the three predecessor titles: Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) Congressional Globe (1833-1873),

FDSys, GovInfo, and The Library of Congress

FDSyGovInfo and The Library of Congress provide:

FDsys: Congressional Record  1994 - 

GovInvo: Congressional Record  1994 -  and also Digital Version of  bound Congressional Record 1951-2009. Earlier years are gradually being added. 

 

Library of Congress Annals of Congress 1789-1824

Library of Congress Register of Debates 1824-1837

Library of Congress Congressional Globe 1873-1875