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Congress cmte

  1. 1. THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS Congressional Committees
  2. 2. Purposes of CommitteesO Divide the work among many small groupsO Determine which bills are considered furtherO Help the public learn about important issues
  3. 3. Kinds of CommitteesO Standing Committees O Deal with permanent issues O Economy, Education, National SecurityO Subcommittees O Specialize in areas related to the Standing Committee O Banking – Capital Markets, Insurance, Monetary Policy, Oversight
  4. 4. Benefits of Serving on CommitteesO Increase chances of re-electionO Can influence national policy makingO Can influence other members of Congress
  5. 5. Important CommitteesO House of Representatives O Rules Committee – sets the rules O Ways and Means – writes taxes O Appropriations – budget, spendingO Senate O Foreign Relations – foreign policy O Finance – tax, trade, health O Appropriations – budget, spending
  6. 6. Assignment to Committees O Political parties assign members to committees O Committee chairpersons are the most powerful members of Congress

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