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Principles of Public Policy (762:210:02; 833:210:02;843:210:02)): Finding Congressional Hearings and Committee Reports

This guide is designed to help you find resources to complete your papers for this class, Spring 2018

Hearings-Sources

" 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." Both proponents and opponents of the proposed legislation may be witnesses.

Committee Reports-Sources

Committee reports are analyses and recommendations regarding legislation, and are very useful for ascertaining the purpose or intent of a bill.  Also, these reports may also contain dissenting views from committee members.  When the House and Senate cannot reconcile their different versions of a bill, a committee with members from both houses works out a compromise and issues a conference committee report.

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