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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.
Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Not all congressional hearings are available to the public. Whether or not a hearing is disseminated depends on the committee. Some hearings may be available as audio or video files but not in transcription.
GovInfo.gov (1985 to current)
House committee Web sites (range and availability varies by committee)
Senate committee Web sites (range and availability varies by committee)
Capitol Hearings: A Service of C-SPAN (Daily congressional hearings broadcast live on the Internet. Browse by committee.)
Paper hearings (ca. 1950–current) in Remote Storage
(Ask at Service Desk for assistance with microfiche.)
GPO (ca. 1983–current)
Greenwood Press U.S. Congressional Hearings (Senate Library)
Greenwood Press U.S. Congressional Hearings Supplement (ca. 1876?–1926?)
CIS U.S. Congressional Hearings Supplement (ca. 1869?–1917?)
ProQuest Congressional (1833–current)
FDSys (1985–current [not comprehensive])
CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index (1833–1969) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library
CIS Annual (1970–2000) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library
CIS Index (2001–2008) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library
Witness index to the U.S. Congressional Hearings (1839-1966) in microfiche cabinet 32, Third Floor Willis Library