Committees in Congress (3-27-08)

Committees in Congress (3-27-08) - a solution II. More on...

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I. Types of Committees A. Standing Committees Permanent committees Deal with the most basic and traditional types of legislative work Do not change from one Congress to the next Members consist of members from only one House B. Select/Special Committees Deal with a very specific or particular problem Usually stay for a short period of time 1. example – Nixon’s Watergate Scandal was investigated by a special committee C. Joint Committees Also permanent committees Job is to avoid duplication of doing things in each Houses Members from both House and Senate Least important because they deal with very trifling matters D. Conference Committees Members from both Houses Very temporary committees Job is to settle or iron out differences in bills passed in both Houses and come up with
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Unformatted text preview: a solution II. More on Committees A. Specialization • People assigned to committees based on what they’re experts at • They’re expected to remain experts on subject B. Reciprocity • The idea of if one person gives, the other gives back • “We’ll listen to you, but then you have to listen to us.” • This is why committees work so well, because they dominate Congress C. Committee Chairs • Whichever party is in charge of Congress controls every committee chair 1. example – this year, since Democrats control Congress, every chair is a democrat. • Important because committee chairs have so much power...
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course POLS 2311 taught by Professor Ignagni during the Spring '08 term at UT Arlington.

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