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Congressional Record: Revised and Rearranged

History and Use of the Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of Congress.

Fiction or Nonfiction?

For a long time I have argued, unsuccessfully, for permission to enter the Congressional Record in the fiction category of the National Book Award and Pulitzer prizes.

Joe Morehead, library educator and documents specialist.

U.S. Government Documents: A Mazeway Miscellany, RQ vol. 12, No. 1, FALL 1972, p. 73.

Did He/she Say That?

The Members of Congress can alter the statements made on the floor. They can edit or delete remarks.

This revision notification appears at the bottom of the last page of each daily issue:

Following each sesssion of Congress, the daily Congressional Records is revised, printed, permanently bound and sold by the Superintendent  of Documents in individual parts or by sets.

This privilege has been available for a long time. Some libraries used to retain the daily issues after the bound edition arrived just to allow researchers to check for differences. But few if any institutions have the space to do this.

Revised, Printed...

The revision notification appears at the bottom of the last page of each daily issue. It is difficult to spot.

Electronic Age

The Record is published digitally. Now Members can edit their statements immediately in the daily issues.

This not very well known practice was in the news in 2011.

In a budget discussion on April 8, 2011 Senator Jon Kyl said

"If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does,"

But this is what appears in the Congressional Record (157 Cong. Rec. S2289)


In explanation, this information is posted on the Library of Congress website: