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The committee system

Ross M. English

in The United States Congress

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063084
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.003.0004
The committee system

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This chapter discusses the role and the power of the committee system, and examines the structure of the committee, where it lists the five types of committees in Congress. One of these is the standing committee, which reviews the bills introduced into Congress, gathers information and frames the legislation to be put to the floor; this process is outlined in the next section. The discussion also considers the distribution of power within the committee and tries to determine if the Senate or the House can control their committees. It furthermore assesses the role of committees and looks at the reforms that were passed in the 104th Congress.

Keywords: committee system; types of committees; standing committee; distribution of power; reforms; 104th Congress; role of committees

Chapter.  7345 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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