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Printers for the Public Record

The Constitution requires both the House and Senate to record and publish journals of their proceedings. The First Congress (1789-1791) added the requirement that all laws, orders, resolutions, and votes be printed and distributed to all senators and representatives and to officials in every state. Through the efforts of the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House, Congress informed citizens nationwide about its proceedings. Congress still follows this precedent by publishing much of its work both in print and online.

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