Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of the United States Capitol Historical Society
Harper’s Weekly published this illustration of a Ways and Means Committee hearing, showing the usual disposition of such an event. In their hearing room—then in the Cannon House Office Building—the committee Members sit behind a dais, an ornate, continuous desk raised on a platform. The chairman, Representative Oscar Underwood, presides from the middle of the top row. In the front of the hearing room, a man presents his testimony. Behind him, others take notes and refer to volumes to verify information. Today, this room is still a hearing room, now used by the Homeland Security Committee.