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A committee can hold open meetings usually to discuss a bill. These meetings are called hearings.

Interesting Examples of Hearings

Hearings Before a State Department Employee Loyalty Investigation from 1950

Oil for Influence: How Saddam Used Oil to Reward Politicians Under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs from 2005


If you can't find a full text of a hearing online, you need the SuDoc number to find the paper copy. For example, the SuDoc number is given in the citation to the hearing for the State Department Employee Loyalty Investigation. Our paper copies of the hearings are on level 2.

About This Resource

For the Senate, the numbering is S. , Hrg. , Congress number, and Hearing Number. For example, S. Hrg. 108-614 "Review of the 9/11 Commission's Intelligence Recommendations " is a Senate Hearing of the 108th Congress numbered 614.

For the House, committees can have their own numbering system for hearings. If you're searching, use the SuDoc numbering system.

If you are looking back in time, search in LexisNexis first. Find the SuDoc number for the individual item and follow the Federal Documents in Print procedure. If the hearing is unpublished, you will automatically need to interlibary loan (ILL) the item.


LexisNexis: Congressional Publications Select only Hearings from Select Witin.

  • Full-text of hearings 1989 onward.
  • Index of hearing 1824-1989.

Congressional Hearings: Main Page (GPOAccess) has full-text version of selected hearings starting from 1995.

Josiah has some records for hearing.

The government document call number for committee hearings starts with Y4 . Check the Federal Documents in Print.


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