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What is a conference committee?

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In the United States, a conference committee is an interim body that is assembled to settle bicameral differences in the passing of a major legislative bill. The committee is comprised of three delegates from the House of Representatives and three delegates from the Senate.

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There are instances when the two chambers of the legislative branch of government do not agree on a proposed legislature. These disagreements must be resolved before a bill becomes a law, thus a conference committee is convened. The conferees negotiate and form a compromise, which is then submitted as a conference report. The report cannot be modified and is only subject for approval or rejection.

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