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Screen shot of the Bound Congressional Record first page on December 1, 1873 of the Senate section
The first page of the first day of the Bound Congressional Record in, December 1, 1873

Bound Congressional Record Now Back to 1873 in

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In April, Robert shared the news about how we enhanced the display of historical bill text on One of the longer term projects we have been working on, also related to historical material, has been to add the Bound Congressional Record to Robert announced that our first Congress with the Bound Congressional Record, which is the 103rd, was added to the site in the summer of 2020. Since then, we have regularly been adding, testing, and reviewing additional Congresses all the way back to when the Bound Congressional Record started. We now have the Bound Congressional Record from the 46th to 103rd Congress on the site, which covers 1873 to 1994.

Now if you are browsing the Senate’s website and see something like Landmark Legislation: Civil Rights Act of 1875 you can find out more on That item mentions the date February 27, 1875. You can go to and find those debates. Scroll to page 1861 and look for the term “Civil Rights” to learn more.  Keep reading to the end of the section to see the final vote.

Screen shot of the Bound Congressional Record first page on December 1, 1873 of the House Section
The beginning of the House section of the Bound Congressional Record from December 1, 1873


For May, the enhancements include:

Enhancement – Congressional Record – Bound Edition Tip recently added new fields to help you do date searching of the Bound Congressional Record:

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

Most-Viewed Bills

The most-viewed bills for the week of May 7, 2023 are as follows:

1. H.R.2811 [118th] Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023
2. S.686 [118th] RESTRICT Act
3. H.Res.57 [117th] Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States, for abuse of power by enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.
4. S.1207 [118th] EARN IT Act of 2023
5. H.R.734 [118th] Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023
6. S.3538 [117th] EARN IT Act of 2022
7. H.R.2617 [117th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
8. S.2881 [116th] 5G Spectrum Act of 2019
9. H.R.82 [118th] Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
10. H.R.79 [118th] WHO Withdrawal Act


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