Congressional Video Footage
The first live television broadcast from the House Chamber occurred on January 3, 1947, during the opening of the 80th Congress. Over the next decades, however, the House rarely broadcast proceedings or committee hearings. During a period of post-Watergate reform and transparency, Congress began consistently broadcasting proceedings on the House Floor in 1977. Two years later, the C-SPAN television network commenced regular broadcasts of the video feed from the House Chamber. In 2011, the House also started streaming video of proceedings over the Internet. More information about the history of television in the House can be found on the Electronic Technology in the House of Representatives page.
C-SPAN coverage of the House Floor, from 1987 to the present, can be viewed through the C-SPAN video library. The C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle indexes video of the House and Senate, and matches the recordings with text from the Congressional Record. The C-SPAN Archives are maintained and preserved at Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Library of Congress
House Floor proceedings can be requested from the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. To request proceedings from the Library of Congress, follow the procedure listed on this webpage or call 202-707-2371.
Through HouseLive, the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives provides videos, floor summaries, and related Congressional Record text from 2009 to the present. Video for House committee hearings and meetings is also available for researchers. Dates and availability of video vary by committee.
National Archives and Records Administration
Limited film footage of Members of Congress and occasional broadcasts of congressional proceedings taken prior to 1977, from newsreel or other government sources, may be available through the National Archives and Records Administration. To research the film holdings, visit the National Archives and Records Administration Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Research Room, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-837-0526.
President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1966 State of the Union Address
Source: National Archives and Records Administration
In his 1966 State of the Union, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed the Vietnam War and asked for a larger budget. This Universal Newsreel clip features behind the scenes footage of the recording of the address.