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Federal Congressional Procedure & Legislative History

A guide to researching the procedure of the United State Congress and the legislative history of federal laws.

Hearings

Hearings, which are usually open to the public, are held to enable committees to gather opinions and information on proposed legislation. Note that they include testimony both for and against the legislation from individuals with opposing views attempting to persuade Congress to act in a particular way.  Therefore, caution is required when using to determine Congressional intent.