Congressional Committees

Congressional Committees

Author: Joe Colacioppo

After this tutorial, students will be able to:

  1. Explain what roles committees serve in Congress
  2. Describe how committees influence lawmaking and the Congressional agenda
  3. List the types of congressional committees and explain the purpose of each
  4. Identify which standing committees in the House and Senate are most important/prestigious and why
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Standing committees, joint committees, special/select committees

Secretary of State Clinton Testifies Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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