United States Senate
United States Senate Senators HomeCommittees HomeLegislation & Records HomeArt & History HomeVisitors Center HomeReference Home
United States Senate
Calendars & Schedules
Congressional Records & Journals
Bills & Resolutions
Lobbying Disclosure
Legislative Process
Active Legislation


The Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is a substantially verbatim account of the remarks made by Senators and Representatives while they are on the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It also includes all bills, resolutions, and motions proposed, as well as debates and roll call votes.  

Search theCongressional Record by key word, member of Congress, or date range on the Library of Congress Web site, THOMAS.

View the Congressional Record for a specific day on THOMAS:

110th Congress, (2007-2008)

109th Congress, (2005-2006)

108th Congress, (2003-2004)

107th Congress, (2001-2002)

Learn more about theRecord

Origins & Development of theRecord

Index for theCongressional Record

How to find theCongressional Recordonline or at a library

Research 19th-century congressional documents, including the Congressional Globe (the predecessor to the Congressional Record), using the Library of Congress Web site, A Century of Lawmaking.

Daily Digest

The Daily Digest summarizes floor and committee actions in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and provides page references to those actions. It is the last section in each edition of the Congressional Record and serves as an index to that day's proceedings.

The Daily Digest can be browsed from the Thomas Web site.

Résumé of Congressional Activity

The Résumé of Congressional Activity provides statistical data on congressional workload, such as the number of days in session and the number of bills introduced and enacted into law.  The current monthly Résumé and every annual edition are online.


Read the eloquent orations of Daniel Webster and Robert Hayne and other Senators in this collection of classic Senate speeches.

You can access legislative information, by bill number or key words, from the THOMAS Web site.  Information from the present back to the 93rd Congress (1973) is available on THOMAS.

There are several sources for finding out about the floor votes cast by a Senator or Representative.

Congressional Sessions lists all Congresses and corresponding years  - from 1789, when the 1st Congress met, through the current Congress.