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United States Government Information

Committees Information (includes Hearings)

U.S. House of Representatives Committees (see committees websites for links to subcommittees) and U.S. Senate Committees and SubCommittees (joint committees also listed)

Committee 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. Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held" (U.S. Government Printing Office)

Online Availability:
1995 (104th Congress) - Current (FDSys / GPO)

1970-Present from ProQuest Congressional
Click on "Congressional Publications" and then "Advanced Search" tab and select "Hearings" before typing in your search terms.

Committee Prints 

"Publications issued by congressional committees on topics related to their legislative or research activities" - more information from GPO Access)

Online Availability:
1970-Present from ProQuest Congressional

Click on "Congressional Publications" and then "Advanced Search" tab and select "Committee Prints & Misc.
Publications" before typing in your search terms.

Committee Reports

Often a committee report "summarizes the purpose and scope of a bill, reasons for its approval sets forth the committee's findings and recommendations, including a statement estimating the costs (or revenues) resulting from its potential enactment for the current fiscal year and five successive fiscal years" - more information from Thomas)

Online Availability:
2003-Present from Thomas, Library of Congress

Tip: Also search the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog for committee hearings, prints, and reports in print and microformat (film and fiche) at the Five Colleges. 

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