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Types of Congressional committees

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  • 1. CONGRESSIONALCOMMITTEES
  • 2. Purpose of Committees House and Senate both have committees Work is divided among smaller groups Decide which bills move on to the next step-most don’t make it past committees
  • 3. Kind of Committees 4 types  Standing Committee  Select Committee  Joint Committee  Conference Committee
  • 4. Standing Committee  Permanent groups that specialize in a certain topic  House has 19 standing committees  Senate has 16 standing committees  Each committee has both Democrats and Republicans in it.  Some standing committees are divided further into subcommittees
  • 5. Select Committees Temporary committees Formed to study one specific issue  Organized crime  Hunger  Complaints of small business owners
  • 6. Joint Committee  Members from both the House and Senate  Can be temporary or permanent  Do not deal directly with bills  Study groups  Examples:  Joint economic committee  Joint committee on printing  Joint committee on the Library of Congress
  • 7. Conference Committee Temporary committee Set up to resolve differences between two versions of a bill Members from both house and senate
  • 8. Prestigious Committees House  Rules Committee  Ways and Means Committee  Appropriations Committee Senate  Foreign Relations Committee  Finance Committee  Appropriations Committee
  • 9. Committee Assignments and Leadership  Each committee has a chairperson  Makes key decisions within their committee  Used to be decided by seniority  Now committee chairpersons cannot serve more than 3 terms  Members of congress may request to be placed on certain committees