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Congressional Proceedings and Debates

Congressional Proceedings and Debates 1789-

Congressional Proceedings and Debates from the Library of Congress

  A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation

"Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. These documents record American history in the words of those who built our government. The links below bring together in an online format, the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75."

Congressional Globe from U North Texas

Congress Numbers and Dates

     The link below finds a list of the sessions and dates of the first through the current Congress, 1789- present.  The list is at the website of the U.S. Senate. 

     Since  1934, the first session of a Congress convenes on January 3rd of odd-numbered years and adjourns on January 3 the following odd-numbered year.  (For example,  the 116th Congress began January 3, 2019 and will adjourn January 3, 2021.)