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The Federal Register is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and consists of four types of entries.
Presidential Documents, including Executive orders and proclamations.
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The Congressional Record consists of four sections:
Senate (floor proceedings)
House (floor proceedings)
Extensions of Remarks (additional remarks from House Members)
Daily Digest (summary of floor and committee proceedings, plus schedules for the next day in session)
Each part is paginated separately and continuously for each session of Congress. Page numbers are preceded by single letters designating the part: H for House, S for Senate, E for Extensions, D for Daily Digest (e.g., S2987, H14990, E19, D2339).
After the end of each session, a permanent final version, referred to as the Congressional Record (Bound Edition), is prepared. In this version, the pagination is continuous, without any section designations, and there is some editing and rearrangement. Congressional Record files on Congress.gov represent the daily edition, not the permanent edition.