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 Decade: 1990-1999
 Year: 1995
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Committee System in the U.S. Congress

The Committee System in the U.S. Congress

Date: May 10, 1995
Creator: Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: Due to the high volume and complexity of its work, Congress divides its tasks among approximately 44 committees with 154 subcommittees. The House and Senate each has its own committee systems, which are similar. Within chamber guidelines, however, each committee adopts its own rules; thus, there is considerable variation among panels.
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Investigative Oversight: An Introduction to the Law, Practice and Procedure of Congressional Inquiry

Investigative Oversight: An Introduction to the Law, Practice and Procedure of Congressional Inquiry

Date: April 7, 1995
Creator: Rosenberg, Morton
Description: This report will provide an overview of some of the more common legal, procedural and practical issues, questions, and problems that committees have faced in the course of an investigation. Following a summary of the case law developing the scope and limitations of the power of inquiry, the essential tools of investigative oversight--subpoenas, staff interviews and depositions, grants of immunity, and the contempt power -- are described. Next, some of the special problems of investigating the executive are detailed, with particular emphasis on claims of presidential executive privilege, the problems raised by attempts to access information with respect to open or closed civil or criminal investigative matters, or to obtain information that is part of the agency deliberative process, and the effect on congressional access of statutory prohibitions on public disclosure. The discussion then focuses on various procedural and legal requirements that accompany the preparation for, and conduct of, an investigative hearing, including matters concerning jurisdiction, particular rules and requirements for the conduct of such proceedings, and the nature, applicability and scope of certain constitutional and common law testimonial privileges that may be claimed by witnesses. The case law and practice respecting the rights of minority party members during the ...
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Investigative Oversight: An Introduction to the Law, Practice and Procedure of Congressional Inquiry

Investigative Oversight: An Introduction to the Law, Practice and Procedure of Congressional Inquiry

Date: April 7, 1995
Creator: Rosenberg, Morton
Description: This report provides an overview of some of the more common legal, procedural, and practical issues, questions and problems that committees have faced in the courts of an oversight investigation.
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Committee System: Rules Changes in the House, 104th Congress

Committee System: Rules Changes in the House, 104th Congress

Date: January 24, 1995
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This fact sheet details changes in the committee system contained in H. Res. 6, Rules of the House for the 104th Congress.
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