Building on our effort to make the House of Representatives more open and accessible, the Office of the Clerk has rolled out a new way to search video archives from the House floor. This new tool lets you quickly and easily find (and watch) each time a Member of Congress has spoken on a given day.

So, say you want to find Speaker Boehner’s remarks from the balanced budget debate on March 21. Here’s how you’d do it:

  • Visit;
  • Click “WATCH” next to March 21, 2013 (or the day you’d like to search). The daily archives are available going back to the start of the 111th Congress (January 2009);
  • Click the arrow next to “Floor Summary” at the top and select “Search Session Transcript”;
  • Type “Boehner” (or the name of the Member of Congress you’re searching for) -- the form will auto-fill as you type;
  • Click “Search”;
  • Click “WATCH” next to the brief transcript of Boehner’s remarks and you’ll jump right to the video.

Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Clerk’s office also has a new RSS feed to help you stay up-to-date with activity on the House floor. Real-time House floor summaries are already available in XML and in bulk, and the RSS feed adds another element of transparency to the legislative process.

Here’s a closer look at some of the other open government initiatives underway in the House: