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Use the Get a Document form to search the Congressional Record by date or specific citation and to search the Rules of Congress by rule number.

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debate of Congress, and is an excellent source for debates on a particular topic and for statements by specific speakers.  When Congress is in session, it is published daily.  LexisNexis Congressional updates Congressional Record data on a daily basis, and covers data from 1985 to present. Note that the version of the Congressional Record to which LexisNexis provides access is the daily version.

The Rules of Congress comprise the official House and Senate rules, and Jefferson's Manual of Parliamentary Practice, the latter of which was authored by Thomas Jefferson during his Vice Presidency and has been Congress' principal procedural guide through the centuries.

For an example of how to use this form, refer to this user scenario.

Searching the Congressional Record

To search the Congressional Record on a citation, you must know the volume/year, section, and page number of the citation you want to retrieve. Note that each issue of the Congressional Record consists of four sections:

You can alternatively search on a specific date (not a date range) using the Date fields.

For an example of a Get a Document search, try searching on Sept. 11, 2001, to get an idea of what Congress was doing on that fateful day, or search on Sept. 11, 2002, to find out what Congress was doing one year after the terrorist attack. For an example of a Get A Document search using a page citation, search on "153(2007) H-House 2167" to find perspectives of Representative Clifford B. Stearns (R-Fla) on global warming. Normally, the page citation search will only be used in cases where the user already has a specific citation.

Tip: The Congressional Record is published only for days when Congress is in session, so you may not get results for every date you enter. To retrieve Congressional Record citations for a range of dates, click the Keyword Search tab.

Searching the Rules of Congress

To search the Rules of Congress, select a rules set to search from the Publication drop-down list: House rules, Senate rules, or Jefferson's Manual of Parliamentary Practice.  Note that all rule numbers are represented as Roman numerals (e.g., VII).

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