Congressional Record & Rules
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The Congressional Record & Rules search feature is made up of two search forms:

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Use either form to access the Congressional Record and Rules of Congress reference materials.

The Congressional Record is an excellent source for debates on a particular topic and statements by specific speakers.

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

Congressional Record and Rules

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.

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Use this form to perform full text searches on the Congressional Record and the various sources for the Rules of Congress.

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Use this form to retrieve, using the appropriate number, specific citations from the Congressional Record and specific rules from the various sources for the Rules of Congress.