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U.S. Federal Legislative Information: Floor Debate

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Floor Debate

Floor debate is the discussion of a proposal on the floor of the U.S. House or Senate.

An (edited) transcript is published in the Congressional Record.

Excellent primary source.


Annals of Congress/Congressional Globe/Congressional Record



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Library of Congress



Legislative action often spans more than one congressional session. For all debate on a bill, you may need to use multiple years of the Record. Use the index to identify specific speakers, topics or laws.

Hein has a search by citation feature.

Hein Online 


1789-2006 Bound; 1990- Daily

Print and some fiche (MSU GovDocs NonCirc 3W): Bound edition


Proquest Congressional: Daily Congressional Record 


1789-1999; 1985-present

Search by Member of Congress, subject, roll call votes, full text and bills, laws and resolutions.

Use the Search by Number function to search by citation.

Use the Daily Congressional Record link on the sidebar to search 1985-present.


FDsys: Congressional Record Daily

1994- full text; 1999-2000 Bound; 1983- Daily index;


FDSys has a search by citation feature.