I've been looking for the House of Representatives legislative session video on May 23, but when I try to see it I get an error:

The system was unable to find the content that you requested. The content may be in the process of transferring to a distribution server. Please try again later.

I find this rather eyebrow-raising because the very reason I went to see these videos is that I heard about some interesting news on that day, and yet it is somehow precisely May 22 and 23 that are unavailable, not later or earlier sessions. May 21, 24, 25, etc. load just fine.

So, my questions are:

  1. Is this a normal occurrence, and can I actually expect these videos to be put up again later?

  2. Are there any alternative sites where I can find videos of particular legislative sessions?

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    What is this "interesting news", and is it sufficient to make someone delete a file? The site you point at is managed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, so if that was done without her authorisation it would probably be a crime. Have you tried emailing any of the support addresses at the bottom of this page? clerk.house.gov/about/duties.aspx ? Hanlon's Razor would seem to apply here: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Jun 2, 2018 at 8:22
  • @PaulJohnson: I'd rather not spread potentially-misleading information/rumors until I get a chance to see the video myself, so I won't go in that direction here. But no, I haven't emailed them -- I didn't even realize who was responsible or what their email was. If I email them and hear back I'll report back.
    – user541686
    Jun 2, 2018 at 8:48

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While this is probably a webserver issue, and it seems not a very common one (or one that gets fixed) as a quick sample did not find any other days on which the video wasn't available.

However, c-span also has video for that day:


They divide it up into more manageable parts, so you don't need to go searching through 9 hours of video.

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    +1 thank you a ton for the C-SPAN video! It seems that the specific amendments I was interested in had no oral discussions or mentions at all, so there was nothing for them to hide; I guess that means it must be a webserver issue.
    – user541686
    Jun 3, 2018 at 9:52

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