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The United States Congress$
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Ross English

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063084

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.001.0001

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The committee system

The committee system

(p.61) 4 The committee system
The United States Congress

Ross M. English

Manchester University Press

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

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