Congressional Investigations

Congress’ power to investigate is one of its most important tools.

Congress has used this power since the earliest days of the republic.  The Supreme Court has affirmed that Congress’ authority to investigate is an essential part of its legislative responsibilities as broadly defined by the Constitution.

But why does Congress investigate?

magnifying glassOversight—investigations can identify waste, fraud, or corruption in government, and hold agencies and officials accountable.
magnifying glassLegislation—investigations can spur new legislation to address problems or improve existing laws.
magnifying glassFact finding—investigations can uncover the facts of events to clarify what happened and why.
magnifying glassInfluencing opinion—investigations can bring national attention to issues and raise voter support for a member’s or a party’s preferred policies.

Congressional investigations yield information, deliver accountability, and result in laws that affect every American.

Now through August 10, 2024, Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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