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The Congressional Record (CR), known by different names over time, is the official record of proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.  There are two editions of the Congressional Record: the daily edition and the bound edition.  The daily edition is published daily when congress in in session and includes a "Daily Digest" summarizing the day's floor and committee activities.  The bound edition is a compilation of the daily editions, which  has been re-paginated and re-indexed.  The bound edition is published once per session and is considered the permanent edition.

Additional Online Sources

Indexes to the Congressional Record

Print Sources and Microfiche

Congressional Record

Congressional Record Volumes in the UW Libraries

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Congress Year to Session Number conversion

To find the year that corresponds to a session of Congress, see: Guide: Congressional Session Chart, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Producing the CR

A behind the scenes look at the creation of the print and online versions of the Congressional Record in this five minute video.