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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Guiding a Bill Through the Legislative Process

Guiding a Bill Through the Legislative Process

Date: April 4, 1994
Creator: Nickels, Ilona B
Description: This report describes each stage of the legislative process that legislative assistants may find helpful as they seek to further the progress of a specific bill.
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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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The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

Date: July 30, 1996
Creator: Bach, Stanley
Description: None
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The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

Date: October 2, 2003
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth & Bach, Stanley
Description: None
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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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Staff Depositions in Congressional Investigations

Staff Depositions in Congressional Investigations

Date: December 3, 1999
Creator: Shampansky, Jay R
Description: None
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Term Limits for Members of Congress: State Activity

Term Limits for Members of Congress: State Activity

Date: June 4, 1998
Creator: Richardson, Sula P
Description: None
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Voting and Quorum Procedures in the Senate

Voting and Quorum Procedures in the Senate

Date: June 16, 2003
Creator: Palmer, Betsy & Bach, Stanley
Description: None
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The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

Date: November 8, 2002
Creator: Carr, Thomas P & Bach, Stanley
Description: None
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Congress' Early Organization Meetings

Congress' Early Organization Meetings

Date: July 30, 1996
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: The purposes of these meetings are both educational and organizational. Educational sessions range from legislative procedures and staff hiring to current issues. Organizational sessions elect class officers, party leaders, and chamber officers; name committee representatives and other party officials; and select committee chairmen and often committee members. Such actions are officially ratified at the start of the new Congress.
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