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New to are the 47th through 51st Congresses (1881-1891) of the Bound Congressional Record April 2023 New, Tip, and Top

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Last month, Robert shared a post about the U.S.S. Macon in the Bound Congressional Record. We continue to work hard to pull in additional Congresses for this collection. Robert regularly shares some of the congressional reactions to historical events from these time periods including the 1918 flu pandemic, the moon landing, and the Kennedy assassination.  This month we updated the Bound Congressional Record in by adding five additional Congresses from 1881 to 1891.

With the additional Congresses of the Bound Congressional Record, we want to make it easy to find the content. You can get to it via the Congressional Record Browse page. You can search using the global search bar and select “Congressional Record” from the drop down. There is a “Debates of Congress Edition” filter from which you can select “Bound Edition” to narrow it down. You can also click “Search Within” if you want to add another search term.

This release adds new fields to help you do date searching of the Bound Congressional Record. You can now use

  • crArticleVolume: (e.g., “137”)
  • crIssuePartNumber: (e.g., “25”)
  • congSessionNum: (e.g., “1” thru “9”)
  • crArticleDateStr: (e.g., “1901-03-01”)


The April enhancements include:

Enhancement – Congressional Record – Bound Edition Tip

Learn more about all of the ways you can dig at the data in with the Search Tools page.

Most-Viewed Bills

The following are the most-viewed bills for the week of March 26, 2023.

1. H.R.5 [118th] Parents Bill of Rights Act
2. S.686 [118th] RESTRICT Act
3. H.R.2617 [117th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
4. H.R.5376 [117th] Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
5. H.R.25 [118th] FairTax Act of 2023
6. S.596 [117th] Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021
7. S.623 [117th] Sunshine Protection Act of 2021
8. H.R.82 [118th] Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
9. H.R.4728 [117th] Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act
10. H.J.Res.30 [118th] Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights”.

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