Are congressional Hearings open to the public?
Most committee hearings and markup sessions are generally open to the public. In rare cases, usually to discuss national security issues, a committee will meet behind closed doors.
Where can I watch Senate Hearings?
Webcast: Please visit http://www.senate.gov/floor/index.htm to view live and archived Senate floor proceedings.
What is the floor of the House?
The floor of a legislature or chamber is the place where members sit and make speeches. When a person is speaking there formally, they are said to have the floor.
Are live webcasts available for committee hearings?
**Please note that live webcasts are only available when Committee hearings, meetings, forums and events are in progress.** Please check the schedule on the Committee homepage or the Committee Calendar on Docs.House.gov to verify time and location for the next Commitee hearing or event.
How do I check the schedule for a Commitee hearing?
Please check the schedule on the Committee homepage or the Committee Calendar on Docs.House.gov to verify time and location for the next Commitee hearing or event. Please also note that Congressional votes requiring Members’ presence in the main Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives may delay the start of a scheduled hearing.
Where can I find previous Senate floor proceedings?
Secretary of the Senate Visiting Floor Webcast Floor Webcast Stream live Senate floor proceedings while a meeting is in progress. Search and watch previous proceedings starting with the 2ndsession of the 112thCongress.
How can I Watch Committee live video connections on my computer?
You should be able to watch Committee live video connections using the free Windows Media Player software. If you encounter an error, you may need to download the most recent version of Windows Media Player. If you are using an Apple computer or the QuickTime Media Player, you may also need to download Windows Media Components for Quicktime.