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Basic Training — Committee Hearings

downloadUnder the House rules, committees gather for two purposes: hearings, where they take testimony from witnesses and gather facts, and meetings, where committees conduct business like marking up legislation or reports, issuing subpoenas, or taking other “collegial” action. Hearings are one of the primary mechanisms for the Congress to conduct oversight of the executive branch, allowing committees to conduct in-depth examinations of issues within their jurisdictions.