About C-SPAN Video Library

About the Congressional Chronicle

The C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle is an index to the C-SPAN video recordings of the House and Senate floor proceedings. The video recordings are matched with the text of the Congressional Record as soon as the Record is available. It only includes members who appeared on the floor to deliver or insert their remarks. The text included here is what the member submitted. Each appearance has a video link where users can watch and listen to the actual remarks.

C-SPAN has telecast the House- and Senate-produced telecasts of the proceedings from the first days in March 1979 and June 1986 respectively. This site further extends its original mission of making the congressional proceedings widely accessible by national telecast and the online webcasts. C-SPAN is now making publicly available an index to the online archive of its recordings of the House and Senate proceedings.

The latest update to the C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle has introduced a new layout to display Congressional data more clearly. Information about bills and votes is easier to find. Committees for each Congress are now listed, complete with members and subcommittees. An interactive map has been added to our online Congressional directory to allow users to view members for each state or district.

We hope that this site will provide a useful tool for viewers and followers of Congress to research, watch, and review the actions of the Congress. These recordings are in the public domain. Users can create direct links to single speeches and pages on other web sites and blogs. Additional searches and refinements will be added.