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Finding Congressional Hearings Legislative Information

 

What is a Congressional Hearing? A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, a joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of Federal law. In addition, hearings may be purely exploratory, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. GovInfo

This subject guide provides an explanation of what a Congressional Hearing is and how and where to locate a Congressional Hearing that may be needed to do research or inform the patron on a particular topic. 

"A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal Law. In addition, hearings may be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held."

Source: U.S. Government Publishing Office