Congressional Committees (which, according to GovTrack, “decide which bills and resolutions move forward to consideration by the House or Senate as a whole”) were traditionally thought to be where the major work of Congress was done. They were respected. They were feared. They were important.
However, in recent years, political writers and analysts have written about the ‘decline’ in importance of the Committees. Today, we look at the two sides of this interesting debate…
THE ‘YES’ SIDE- “COMMITTEES ARE IMPORTANT!”
THE ‘NO’ SIDE- “THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMITTEES HAS DECLINED”
Ultimately, it is difficult to decide how far Committees are still important to the legislative process today. Considering how some people spend their lives researching this, I’m not going to try to answer it in a single blog post. On the other hand, hopefully this little guide has given you an idea of the roles and powers of Committees. Even if you’re not a Politics student, at least the next time you hear ‘Committees’ being mentioned in the news, you can tell everyone “I know all about those…” 🙂