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Congressional Information

Congressional Record

"The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings, debates, and activities of Congress. Although the Record contains a substantially verbatim account of the proceedings and debate, it also contains extensive inserted materials, communications from the President and executive agencies, memorials, and petitions."

What is the difference between the Daily and Bound Edition of the Congressional Record?

Daily and Bound Editions

There are two editions of the Record, a daily one and a bound, permanent one.

The daily edition reports each day’s proceedings in Congress and is published on the succeeding day. Periodically, throughout a session, an index to the daily Record is published. At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition.

The bound edition usually takes several years to be published after a Congressional session ends. The bound edition is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts. The primary ways in which the bound edition differs from the daily edition are:

  • continuous pagination;
  • somewhat edited, revised and rearranged text; and
  • the dropping of the prefixes H, S, and E before page numbers

Due to the repagination process, a citation in the daily Record does not work with the bound Record, nor does the reverse work. However, there is a cross reference tool on the Search by Number form. Source: ProQuest Congressional

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