A committee can hold open meetings usually to discuss a bill. These meetings are called hearings.
How to Understand the Document
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 If the hearing is unpublished, you will automatically need to interlibary loan (ILL) the item.
- For Testimony, the best place to start is LexisNexis. Select only Hearings. You can search for the witness's name in the In dropdown menu under the search field.
Access to Information
- LexisNexis: Congressional Publications Select only Hearings from Select Within.
- Full-text of hearings 1989 onward.
- Index of hearing 1824-1989.