What is a Congressional Hearing?
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 also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.
What is Available?
- govinfo contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Select hearings for previous congresses are also available. The House and Senate appropriations hearings for fiscal year 1998 are included.
- Documents are available as text and PDF files. Graphics, including scanned images of camera ready copy are omitted from the text version but are contained in the PDF files.
- To find hearings not available on govinfo, try visiting the committee’s website.
When are Hearings Available?
Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Hearings are available on govinfo as they become available during each session of Congress.
Not all congressional hearings are available on govinfo. Whether or not a hearing is disseminated on govinfo depends on the committee.
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