The Committee System. “Congress in Committee is Congress at work” - Woodrow Wilson (1888). The emergence of the committee system. Congressional committees aren’t mentioned in the constitution … or any early Federal laws
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“Congress in Committee is Congress at work”
- Woodrow Wilson (1888)
In the first 9 Congresses (18 years), the House had 8 standing committees. The Senate had 1.The House created 2 in the 10th Congress (1807-09)The Senate created 1.The House created 10 standing committees between 1812 and 1817. The Senate created 12.
Informational: Committees provide lawmakers with specialized expertise
4 types of conference bargaining:
3. Reports: If committee votes to send bill to floor, the staff prepares a full report summarizing results of committee research