How Many Standing Committees Are There in the U.S. Senate?


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As of September 2014, there are 16 different standing committees in the United States Senate. Each committee adopts its own set of rules and guidelines to follow.

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Standing committees are created to delegate specific governing responsibilities to a select group of members. Each committee is responsible for researching and addressing problems or ideas within their committee.

Due to the sensitivity and volume of work that the Senate does, committees are strategically broken up into categories, such as judicial, budget, foreign relations and veteran's affairs.

In addition to standing committees, the Senate is comprised of an additional eight committees that are broken up into two groups: Joint and Special, Select and Other.

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