When committees call in witnesses or experts to talk to a hearing. So, basically, you are looking for a testimony for a hearing.
How to Understand the Document
The best way to search for testimony is to search by witness's name:
If you can't get full text, you need to follow the citation and get the paper copy (See instructions below):
At times, testimony can be quite scandalous, as with Anita Hill's testimony during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearing in 1991 during which she accused him of sexual harrassment.
About This Resource
- 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.
- 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 If the hearing is unpublished, you will automatically need to interlibary loan (ILL) the item.
Access to Information
- LexisNexis: Congressional Publications By checking the box for the Hearing , you can search an index from 1824 onward and full-text from late 1980s onward.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set (GPO Access) has full-text back to 1995. Include the word Testimony in your search or the name of the witness.