About Congressional Hearings

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.


Note: Not all congressional hearings are available on FDsys. Whether or not a hearing is disseminated on FDsys depends on the committee.


FDsys contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. The House and Senate appropriations hearings for fiscal year 1998 are included. Additional hearings for previous congresses are also available. Documents are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Graphics, including scanned images of camera ready copy are omitted from the ASCII text version but are contained in the PDF files.


FDsys continues to add hearings irregularly as they become available during each session of Congress.



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