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Federal Legislative History Research Guide: Reports, Documents, Prints & Hearings

Finding federal legislative history.

Where to Find Reports, Documents, Hearings and Prints

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873, and is still published today.

Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873).

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