The committees are generally led by the most senior

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that no committee becomes too overwhelmed. The committees are generally led by the most senior member of the majority party, but the members still vote for the majority leader (Magelby, et al 2008, p. 326). The committees do more then make laws, the other two main roles is investigation and oversight. The investigation role has many parts to it they build public support, make sure that the executive branch is doing their job, find corruption in the branches, build reputations for its members, and determine where legislation is needed (Magelby, et al 2008, p. 327). The oversight role is to make sure that the executive branch is following the Congress’ wishes and programs are effective and ran properly (Magelby, et al 2008, p. 327). The three main types of committees that are seen in both chambers are standing committees which focus on policy areas, special or select committees which are created for specific use such as taxation, and joint committees is a committee made of members of each chamber that study the important issues that the whole Congress should be looking into. The most important however is the standing committees, which are the committees that make laws and represent the public. Within the standing committee there are many subcommittees the main four are Authorizing which pass the laws that instruct government what to do, Appropriation committees which determines the amount of money government spends on programs, Rules and Administration which is the basic operation of the chamber, and Revenue and Budget committees which helps raise the money for the Appropriation committee. (Magelby, et al 2008, p. 324-325)
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I think that this system does give Congress the success it needs to accomplish goals. It is a good thing that it takes so long to pass a bill so that they are truly thought through before announcing them to the public. The process is tedious but both houses being on board with
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  • Fall '16
  • Government, President of the United States, United States Congress, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives

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