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Unit 5
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House Versus Senate
The Legislative Junkie

Stats, Quirks, and Examples

Unit 5


Standing Committees of the U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations
U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
U.S. Senate Committee on Budget
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary
U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

Joint Committees of Congress

U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Printing
U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation
U.S. Congress Joint Committee on the Library
U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

Special, Select and Other Committees of the U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Committees of the United States House of Representatives


U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House Committee on Armed Services
U.S. House Committee on the Budget
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce
U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
U.S. House Committee on Government Reform
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security
U.S. House Committee on House Administration
U.S. House Committee on International Relations
U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House Committee on Resources
U.S. House Committee on Rules
U.S. House Committee on Science
U.S. House Committee on Small Business
U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means

Special House Committees


U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence


Single vs. Multiple Referrals:

Multiple referrals have grown in recent years:


94th Congress (1975-1977) 6%

102nd Congress (1991-1993) 18%

104th Congress (1995-1997) 23%

Source: Walter J. Oleszek, Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2001) 86.


Unit Introduction

Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes