A hearing is a meeting of the House, Senate, or a committee to discuss proposed legislation, research, data, investigations, or government activities. Hearings are generally open to the public, and transcripts may be published two months to two years after the meeting. Congressional hearing documents may record testimony from members of Congress, the Executive branch, experts, interest groups, and the general public. Speakers may discuss a wide variety of topics, but not all proposed legislation is discussed in hearings.
Hearings may be organized by committee, title, or number depending on the resource or type of hearing.
Congressional Hearings govinfo (GPO)
Select hearings beginning with the 85th Congress (1957-1958). Can Browse by Congress and Committee. To search Congressional Hearings, click the orange "Search" button, select "Advanced", then under "Refine by Collection" select "Congressional Hearings". Search results can be further refined by using the side panel on the search results screen. For additional information and tips, see the About Congressional Hearings page.
House Committee Hearings and Meetings Video Library of Congress - Congress.gov
Watch recordings and live streams of House committee hearings and meetings. Coverage varies by committee.
Available on HeinOnline. Select hearings beginning with the 50th Congress (1887-1889). Material added regularly. Check for updates. Once in HeinOnline, select U.S. Congressional Documents > Congressional Hearings.
HeinOnline's U.S. Federal History Library may include links to Congressional Hearings in its compiled legislative histories. See the Federal Legislative History guide for more information.
Congressional Publications - Hearings
Available on ProQuest Congressional. Coverage begins with 1824. Select unpublished hearings (1973-1992) also available. Full text may not be available for all hearings.
Congressional Hearings (1824 - Current)
Available on the library's Lexis computers. From the Content tab, select Statutes & Legislation > Federal > Congressional Hearings (1824 - Current) [located in the Legislative Histories section]
House Committee Transcripts
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content Search, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. House of Representatives > House Committee Transcripts. Coverage begins with the 104th Congress (1995-1996). Includes transcripts of select hearings before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Senate Committee Transcripts
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content Search, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. Senate > Senate Committee Transcripts. Coverage begins with the 104th Congress (1995-1996). Includes transcripts of select hearings before committees of the U.S. Senate.
Jenkins has access to select Congressional Committee hearings on microfiche and in print. The hearings on microfiche are part of our CIS collection, which covers the years 1970-2010. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or email@example.com for more information.