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?
1. Most of the real work of Congress goes on in committees
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