Generally after a bill has been reported out of committee, members of Congress will consider the bill and any proposed amendments. These Congressional floor debates are contained in the Congressional Record and its predecessors. Supposedly a "verbatim" transcript, the remarks made are subject to revision before publication. The Law Library has a complete collection of these in paper and fiche.
Annals of Congress (1789-1824) (storage, CONST. CONV.) Register of Debates (1824-1837) [spine title: Congressional Debates] (storage, CONST. CONV.) and Congressional Globe (1833-1873) (FED COLL, S-2W)
Annals of Congress and Register of Debates are in storage (storage, CONST. CONV.); a storage pull may be requested at the Circulation Desk.
The following titles are available digitally via the Library of Congress' A Century of American Lawmaking web site:
Congressional Record 1873 – present. Available electronically through:
NOTE: The daily and permanent editions of the Congressional Record have different pagination systems, and there is no concordance available to translate a daily edition citation into a permanent edition citation. See the handout on the Congressional Record available at the reference desk for more information on how to get a permanent edition citation if you only have a daily edition citation.
The Congressional Record is published daily during sessions of Congress. An index is issued every ten days and cumulated annually. Access is by subject, names of legislators and titles of legislation. The index also contains a status table called "History of Bills and Resolutions" arranged by bill number.
The "Daily Digest," a summary of each day's proceedings, began publication in 1947. It is included in each daily issue of the Congressional Record and published as a separate volume at the end of the session.
The Daily Congressional Records are cumulated into annual bound volumes. These volumes are considered to be the authoritative versions of the Congressional Record, often containing additional material submitted after the day of debate, or excluding material printed in the daily version that congressional members have since withdrawn.
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