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Politics of the United States
Government Committee Systems
Terms in this set (23)
Which of the following is not a reason Congress forms committees?
It makes it easier for interest groups and executive branch agencies to influence law-making.
Which of the following is not a characteristic of standing committees
made up of members of both houses
Which of the following definitions best defines a select committee?
a committee appointed to deal with an issue beyond the jurisdiction of a topical committee
Which of the following does not describe a conference committee?
may only have an advisory function
Which of the following is the best definition for joint committees?
committees made up of members from both houses formed to coordinate activities or to expedite legislation in a certain area
The process of bill writing is known as?
_______________ forces a committee to vote on a bill.
_______________ is an after-the-fact power to check up on whether a law is being implemented as Congress intended.
Which of the following was not a charge implemented by Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker of the House?
The most senior member of the majority party became the committee chair
Performs unbiased research for Congress
Congressional Research Service
Investigates the finances and administration of any government administrative office, agency, or department
Government Accountability Office
Which of the following helps a member of Congress with the type of representation known as casework or constituent services?
Which of the following can be best described as semi-formal groups of Congresspersons organized around particular identities or interests?
A government agency called the _ watches over the spending of funds appropriated by Congress.
General Accounting Office
_ are committees that are usually temporary, usually focus on investigations, and cover special issues not addressed by standing committees.
Committee chairs always come from the majority party and traditionally were selected based on the _.
Standing committees are divided into smaller, more specialized bodies that are known as _.
Appropriations are projects that Congress decides are appropriate for the general public.
Bills are legislation that Congress has vetoed.
The personal staff of congress members is able to vote on bills and supervise lobbyists.
Standing Committees are permanent committees in each house of Congress.
Committees allow Congress to divide labor and make more effective decisions.
The purpose of a(n) _ is to work out a compromise between House and Senate versions of a bill passed by both houses.
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