There’s a new trend on Capitol Hill: Contentious committee hearings in prime time.
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Recently, House committees have started hearings after dinner, often at 7 p.m.
C-SPAN has covered 35 prime-time hearings over the past 31 years. Five of those hearings have occurred since May 2014, making this year the biggest in prime-time hearing scheduling since 1995.
“It seems like a new approach,” said Terry Murphy, Vice President of Programming at C-SPAN. “There are often hearings that go late, but these are unique in that they start late.”