The Congressional Record is the official record of the activities, debates and proceedings of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. It is published daily by the U. S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) when Congress is in session. After a session of Congress, the daily editions are eventually compiled in permanent bound volumes. The proceedings of a single congress can run over 30,000 print pages.
The House and Senate proceedings include edited debates, voting records, legislative actions, and texts of selected bills.
The Daily Digest in each issue summarizes the day's floor and committee activities, including actions on bills, votes, hearings, meetings, bill status, and the upcoming week's agenda.
The Extension of Remarks section includes any materials submitted later for inclusion but were not actually spoken on the House of Senate Floor. This can be anything including additional legislative statements, speeches given outside of Congress, memorials, letters from constituents, newspaper articles or even poetry or recipes.
Congressional Record Daily Edition reports each day's proceedings and is printed and delivered to all congress persons by the following morning. It contains four independently-numbered parts:
The Daily Edition includes the prefixes H, S and E. before page numbers.
Example: 159 Cong. Rec. H227 (daily ed. Jan. 23, 2013) (statement of Rep. Yarmuth)
Permanent "Bound" Edition is the annual compilation of all the Daily Editions for an annual session, re-paginated, edited, and permanently bound. There is a delay of several years for this to be produced.
The permanent edition does not include prefixes and is cited by volume and page number.
Example: 142 Cong. Rec. 14982 (1996).
142 Cong. Rec 14982 (1996) (statement of Sen. John McCain).
Cite the Daily Edition only for matters not yet appearing in the permanent edition.
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