CHAPTER 12 CONGRESS. 112 th Congress – Ended Jan 3, 2013 113 th Congress - Current. The House of Representatives. In t he House of Representatives there are 232 Republicans , 200 Democrats , and 3 vacant seats.
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Does Congress/our representatives need to be DESCRIPTIVE in order to be SUBSTANTIVE?
The House of Representatives
The Committees and Subcommittees
1. Most of the real work of Congress goes on in committees
2. Committees can be grouped into four types
b. Joint committees: Congressional committee on a few subject-matter areas with membership drawn from both houses
c. Conference committees: congressional committees formed to work out differences when the Senate and the House pass a particular bill in different forms
d. Select committees: congressional committees appointed for a specific purpose
Legislative oversight: Congress’s monitoring of the bureaucracy and its administration of policy, performed mainly through hearings