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Finding Committee Hearings & Prints
Committee hearings proceedings are held to gather opinions and information to help committee members make decisions regarding proposed legislation or to help them fulfill their oversight and investigation responsibilities. Hearings usually include:
- Written and oral statements of witnesses
- Transcripts of the verbal question-and-answer session between the committee and witnesses
- Reports, exhibits, and other materials submitted for the record by witnesses
- Correspondence and other materials submitted by interested parties
Committee Prints (the committee's working papers) often provide historical research background on legislative topics.
The text of selected hearing testimony and committee prints are available online as listed below.
Congressional Hearings (Govinfo.gov)
Searchable database of a hearings, beginning with the 99th Congress (1985-86)
ProQuest Congressional Publications
Search across current and historical documents of the United States Congress, many of which are included in full text. It includes the U.S. Serial Set (the published working papers of Congress), Congressional Hearings, the Congressional Record (through 1997) and hundreds of thousands of House and Senate reports, State of the Union messages, Congressional journals, hearings, high-resolution maps, and more.
Congressional Committee Publications (Govinfo.gov)
Organized by committee, find related publications including Congressional Bills, Documents, & Hearings
Key Legislative Databases
See Databases tab above for descriptions and additional databases.