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Finding Congressional Hearings and Legislative Information

A Congressional Hearing is a pivotal component of the legislative process, offering a platform for the Senate, House, joint, or special committees of Congress to convene and gather information, insights, and opinions. These sessions, often open to the public, play a crucial role in soliciting feedback on proposed legislation, conducting investigations, and overseeing governmental activities and the enforcement of federal laws. Additionally, hearings may serve exploratory purposes, providing invaluable testimony and data on pressing topics of interest.

The "Finding Congressional Hearings and Legislative Information" subject guide, meticulously curated by the Government Information and Maps Department at FAU, is a comprehensive resource for researchers, scholars, and students. This guide is designed to equip users with the necessary tools and insights to navigate the intricate landscape of congressional hearings effectively.

By offering detailed information on the nature and significance of congressional hearings, along with guidance on where and how to locate relevant sessions, this subject guide empowers users to engage in informed research and analysis. Whether conducting academic inquiries, tracking legislative initiatives, or staying abreast of current affairs, this resource facilitates access to authoritative information essential for scholarly endeavors.

Developed with a commitment to providing access to reliable government information, the "Finding Congressional Hearings and Legislative Information" subject guide exemplifies FAU's Libraries Government Information and Maps Department is dedicated to supporting research excellence and fostering an informed citizenry.

"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