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 Country: United States
 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Going to Conference in the Senate

Going to Conference in the Senate

Date: February 1, 2000
Creator: Bach, Stanley
Description: This report discusses the steps that the Senate must take, and one more step that it may take, as it arranges to send a bill to conference committee.
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Hearings in the House of Representatives: A Guide for Preparation and Procedure

Hearings in the House of Representatives: A Guide for Preparation and Procedure

Date: May 1, 2000
Creator: Sachs, Richard C
Description: The report describes provisions of House rules that pertain to hearings, and citations to these rules are included for reference.
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The House Apportionment Formula in Theory and Practice

The House Apportionment Formula in Theory and Practice

Date: October 10, 2000
Creator: Huckabee, David C.
Description: This report has four major purposes: to summarize the constitutional and statutory requirements governing apportionment; to explain how the current apportionment formula works in theory and in practice; to summarize recent challenges to it on grounds of unfairness; and to explain the reasoning underlying the choice of the equal proportions method over its chief alternative, major fractions.
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The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

Date: November 1, 2000
Creator: Amer, Mildred L.
Description: The House of Representatives follows a well established routine on the opening day of a new Congress. The proceedings include election of the Speaker, swearing in its members, election of administrative officers, and adoption of rules of procedure. Also, resolutions assigning its members to committees may be adopted. The House must take these actions at the beginning of each new Congress because it is not a continuing body. Article 1, Section 2 of Constitution sets terms for Members of the House at two years. Thus, the House ends at the conclusion of each two-year Congress and must reconstitute itself at the beginning of a new Congress. This report focuses on the floor activities of the House during its first formal session in a new Congress, and serves as a guide for participating in or watching those proceedings.
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Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview

Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview

Date: January 24, 2001
Creator: Bach, Stanley
Description: The House considers bills and resolutions on the floor under several different sets of procedures governing the time for debate and the opportunities for amendment. Some procedures allow 40 or 60 minutes for debate; others permit debate to continue until a majority of Members vote to end it. Some procedures prohibit most or all floor amendments; others allow Members to offer any amendments that meet the requirements of the House’s rules and precedents. Notwithstanding these differences, the rules, precedents, and practices of the House generally are designed to permit the majority to work its will in a timely manner. This report provides a brief overview of this procedure.
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House Schedule: Recent Practices and Proposed Options

House Schedule: Recent Practices and Proposed Options

Date: February 2, 2001
Creator: Beth, Richard S.
Description: Many Members have in recent years expressed dissatisfaction with the way the House arranges its work schedule. The chief complaints appear to be that existing practices make inefficient use of time and do not allow predictability, generating persistent scheduling conflicts and other time pressures. This report discusses how four types of House schedule that have been practiced or proposed during the past decade address these areas of dissatisfaction.
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House Voting Procedures: Forms and Requirements

House Voting Procedures: Forms and Requirements

Date: February 20, 2001
Creator: Oleszek, Walter J
Description: This report discusses the procedural considerations suffuse voting and the methods of voting in both the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
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House Committee Hearings: Preparation

House Committee Hearings: Preparation

Date: March 8, 2001
Creator: Sachs, Richard C.
Description: Committee hearings afford Representatives an opportunity to gather information on, and draw attention to, legislation and issues within a committee's purview; conduct oversight of programs or agencies; and investigate allegations of wrongdoing. This report identifies many of the tasks that need to be performed by full committees and, in most cases, subcommittees in advance of a hearing. Some of these tasks are required by House or committee rules; others are common committee practice.
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House Subcommittees: Assignment Process

House Subcommittees: Assignment Process

Date: March 9, 2001
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report addresses the subcommittee assignment process.
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House Committee Hearings: Arranging Witnesses

House Committee Hearings: Arranging Witnesses

Date: March 15, 2001
Creator: Carr, Thomas P.
Description: This report briefly discusses the process of selecting and arranging witnesses for House committee hearings.
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