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Federal Legislative History Guide

How to locate, compile, and understand the legislative history of federal acts.

About Congressional Debates

The Congressional Record, published since 1873, is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.  It contains transcripts of floor debates including remarks by members of Congress, their votes, proposed amendments, conference committee reports, messages from the President, and occasionally the text of the bills.

Sample Citation

99 Cong. Rec. 2988 (1953)

Locating Congressional Debates

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