The purpose of a Congressional hearing is to gather information or inquire about a particular topic from people who are in-the-know. This includes: acquiring information about presidential nominees, obtaining opinions about legislation, conducting an investigation, evaluating the actions of a particular government department.
Deciding what hearings occur and who presents in them seems like a significant power and I believe it is our responsibility as voters to stay abreast of what occurs in congressional hearings.
I found two interesting articles that I thought I鈥檇 share:
This Is What Happened Last Time a Cabinet Nomination Was Rejected (Time, 2/3/17): This article specifically mentions the role that a congressional hearing had on the nomination process.
The Greatest Hearings in American History (Politico Magazine, 6/7/17)