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House Committees: Categories and Rules for Committee Assignments

House Committees: Categories and Rules for Committee Assignments

Date: October 17, 2014
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report discusses rules for committee assignments in the House of Representatives. House rules address the election and membership of committees, especially limitations on membership. The Democratic Caucus and Republican Conference rules designate categories of committees and specify service limitations in addition to those in the House rules.
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Procedural Distinctions Between the House and the Committee of the Whole

Procedural Distinctions Between the House and the Committee of the Whole

Date: October 17, 2014
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report very briefly explains some of the chief distinctions between consideration in the House operating as the House and consideration in Committee of the Whole.
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House Standing Committee Chairs and Ranking Minority Members: Rules Governing Selection Procedures

House Standing Committee Chairs and Ranking Minority Members: Rules Governing Selection Procedures

Date: October 7, 2014
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report discusses house rules, Republican Conference rules, and Democratic Caucus rules each detail aspects of the procedures followed in selecting standing committee chairs and ranking minority members. This report summarizes those procedures and lists membership on each party's steering committee.
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Legislative Procedure in Congress: Basic Sources for Congressional Staff

Legislative Procedure in Congress: Basic Sources for Congressional Staff

Date: October 6, 2014
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E. & Greene, Michael
Description: Written for congressional staff, this report identifies and provides details on how to obtain official government sources of information on the legislative process and the rules and procedure of the House and Senate. The report provides references to selected CRS products and offers information on the CRS legislative institutes. A listing of selected supplementary materials is also provided.
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Limitations in Appropriations Measures: An Overview of Procedural Issues

Limitations in Appropriations Measures: An Overview of Procedural Issues

Date: September 29, 2014
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report discusses internal congressional rules and procedures regarding money and policy decisions. It begins by explaining the contrasting procedural contexts that influence the consideration of limitation provisions in appropriations measures on the House and Senate floor. Next, it defines the two forms of limitations that have been allowed under House and Senate precedents, with examples of previous purposes that have been allowed. This report then proceeds to identify the variety of substantive challenges that exist in structuring a limitation provision so that it does not constitute legislative language and thereby violate House and Senate rules. Finally, this report concludes by discussing the effect of points of order during floor consideration and the burden of proof that exists for proponents of limitation provisions to successfully overcome procedural objections.
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Legislative Support Resources: Offices and Websites for Congressional Staff

Legislative Support Resources: Offices and Websites for Congressional Staff

Date: September 26, 2014
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E. & Greene, Michael
Description: This report provides a brief list of telephone numbers, room numbers, and Internet addresses of use to new congressional staffers who work with legislative procedures and conduct legislative research. Internet access restrictions are noted. Some of the websites listed are available only to congressional offices; other sites are restricted further and are only available to House or Senate offices.
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Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

Date: September 25, 2014
Creator: Cornell, Ada S.; Greene, Michael & Hanson, Laura A.
Description: This report is one of a series of reports on legislative process and research; it is intended to serve as a finding aid to sources of information, such as documents, news articles, analysis, contacts and services, used in legislative research.
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Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2012 (74th-112th Congresses)

Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2012 (74th-112th Congresses)

Date: September 19, 2014
Creator: Beth, Richard S. & Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report discusses how lame duck sessions occur, and the background of the lame duck sessions between 1940 and 2012. A "lame duck" session of Congress occurs whenever one Congress meets after its successor is elected, but before the term of the current Congress ends.
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Casework in a Congressional Office: Background, Rules, Laws, and Resources

Casework in a Congressional Office: Background, Rules, Laws, and Resources

Date: September 10, 2014
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: This report discusses House and Senate rules and guidelines, laws, and regulations affecting congressional casework, as well as the role of caseworkers. It also provides sample outlines and document templates for implementing and managing congressional casework.
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Authorization of Appropriations: Procedural and Legal Issues

Authorization of Appropriations: Procedural and Legal Issues

Date: September 9, 2014
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica & Yeh, Brian T.
Description: This report provides a brief explanation of the distinction between authorized and unauthorized appropriations, and its significance for understanding how appropriations and other legislation work in conjunction to determine how agencies may spend appropriated funds.
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