C-SPAN Indexes Public Domain Videos of Congressional Proceedings

C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle (beta) is an index of 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 and the video and text are placed side-by-side for users to watch, read, and compare. C-SPAN has placed these recordings in the public domain and encourages users to create direct links to single speeches and pages on other web sites and blogs. The Congressional Chronicle covers the 108th (2003-2004), 109th (2005-2006), and 110th (2007-present) Congresses. Previous Congresses back to 1988 will be added in the future.

Some of the features of the site:

-Clicking on a day shows a timeline of the actions and members speaking for that day with the topic of their remarks from the Congressional Record.

-Clicking on a member’s name will bring up the text of their remarks and allow you to play the video of the speech.

-Each member’s appearances are summarized at the top of this page by the number of days that they spoke on the floor and total time of those speeches.

-There is a search by member and by bill. Other searches will be added in the future including a full text search.

Thanks to Free Government Information for the tip.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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