225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
Article 1, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that ”Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same.” On May 18, 1789, the Senate adopted this report which outlined what information would be recorded in the Journals and how frequently they would be published. The Journals list bills passed, amendments offered, motions made, and votes taken.
This report states that the Journal should be published once per month. Now, the Journals are published once per year at the end of each congressional session. In addition to the Journals, floor debates are recorded in the Congressional Record.
Senate Report on Keeping and Publishing the Journals, 5/16/1789, Records of the U.S. Senate