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About Committee Hearings of the U.S. Congress

Committee hearings are a method by which committee members gather information to inform committee business. Business dealt with by hearings may be broadly classified into four types: legislative, oversight, investigative, and consideration of presidential nominations. The Committee Consideration video tutorial explains hearings within the context of the legislative process. Nomination hearings are explained in the Executive Business in the Senate video tutorial. Hearings may be held on Capitol Hill or elsewhere (e.g., a committee member's district or state, or a site related to the subject of the hearing).

Legislation with Hearings

Action Codes can be used to retrieve bills and resolutions with hearings.

Action Code Returns Bills With Sample Search
4100 House committee/subcommittee hearings House committee hearings held on these 115th Congress measures
13100 Senate committee/subcommittee hearings Senate committee hearings held on these 115th Congress measures

The "Committees" tab in legislative records is a good place to find the date and name of committees that held hearings. The Tualatin River Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2003 is an example of a bill for which both House and Senate committees held hearings.

Nominations with Hearings

The "Status of Nominations" filter can be used to retrieve nominations with hearings by committee.