Congress creates committees to streamline and maintain organization in the process of making bills. Committees also provide a natural filter by assigning a small group of people to focus intensely on one area. More »

The individual parties in Congress make standing committee assignments before the parties put the final assignments up to a vote on the floor of the U.S. House or U.S. Senate. The composition of each committee is a ratio... More »

After a member of Congress introduces a bill, the appropriate committee studies it in detail, sometimes sends it to a subcommittee for further perusal and public hearings, and adds amendments or changes to it. Next, the ... More »

According to College of the Redwoods, Congress controls the bureaucracy through oversight committees and privatization of government services. Congressional committees serve to hold bureaucratic agencies accountable and ... More »

The duties of a Georgia congressman are similar to the duties of congressmen from other states and include introducing bills and resolutions, offering amendments and serving on various committees. Congressmen serve in on... More »

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In Congress, a rider is an amendment made to a bill that does not have a strong association with the bill's content. Riders are often controversial in nature, with one example including a proposal designed to increase th... More »

The powers denied to Congress are enumerated in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution of the United States. A key provision necessary for passing the original Constitution was a compromise between the free and slave s... More »