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Federal Legislative Research: Congressional Hearings

What is a Congressional Hearing?

Hearings are meetings or sessions of Congress that are used to obtain information about proposed legislation or topics of current interest, conduct an investigation, or provide oversight on governmental departments or federal laws. Hearings can be made before the House, the Senate, the joint chambers of Congress, or special committees of Congress. Hearings are generally open to the public. The hearing proceedings are published between two months and two years after they are held. 

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