Congressional debates

Debates are recorded in the Congressional Record. This is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress. For every day Congress is in session, an issue of the Congressional Record is printed by the Government Printing Office. Each issue summarizes the day's floor and committee actions and records all remarks delivered in the House and Senate (from Congress.gov).

Library holdings and online access

Time Period

Format and Links

Annals of the Congress
(1st Congress, 1776-18th Congress, 1834) in The debates and proceedings in the Congress of the United States

Paper
held offsite

Register of debates in Congress
(18th Congress, 2nd Session, 1834 - 25th Congress, 1st Session, 1837)

Paper
held offsite

Congressional Globe
(23rd Congress, 1833-35 - 42nd Congress, 3rd Session, 1872/73)

Paper
held offsite

Congressional Record Index
(1873 to 1986)

Online

Paper

Congressional record (March 1947+)
(80th Congress, 2nd session+

Microfiche

Congressional Record
1975 - 2010

Microfiche

Congressional Record (1989+)
(101st Congress+)
as well as the indexes for the same period.

Online