The Speaker of the House: House Officer, Party Leader, and Representative

The Speaker of the House: House Officer, Party Leader, and Representative

Date: February 11, 2011
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report discusses the three roles of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is widely viewed as symbolizing the power and authority of the House. The Speaker's most prominent role is that of presiding officer of the House. The Speaker also serves as leader of the majority party conference. The Speaker's third distinct role is that of an elected Member of the House.
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Committee Types and Roles

Committee Types and Roles

Date: February 11, 2011
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report briefly describes the structure of the congressional committee system and the types of congressional committees, as well as congressional subcommittees.
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Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2011

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2011

Date: February 11, 2011
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report briefly describes current responsibilities and selection mechanisms for 15 House and Senate party leadership posts and provides tables with historical data, including service dates, party affiliation, and other information for each.
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Committee Types and Roles

Committee Types and Roles

Date: November 10, 2010
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report briefly describes the structure of the congressional committee system and the types of congressional committees, as well as congressional subcommittees.
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Guide to Individuals Seated on the House Dais

Guide to Individuals Seated on the House Dais

Date: November 10, 2010
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report describes the House of Representatives officers who sit on the three tiers of the House chamber's central dais.
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Points of Order, Rulings, and Appeals in the House of Representatives

Points of Order, Rulings, and Appeals in the House of Representatives

Date: November 10, 2010
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report briefly describes points of order in the House of Representatives. A point of order is a formal appeal made when a Member of House believes that the House's legislative procedures or are about to be violated in some way.
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Party Leaders in the House: Election, Duties, and Responsibilities

Party Leaders in the House: Election, Duties, and Responsibilities

Date: February 15, 2011
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: Each major party in the House has a leadership hierarchy. This report summarizes the election, duties, and responsibilities of the Speaker of the House, the majority and minority leaders, and the whips and whip system. For a listing of all past occupants of congressional party leadership positions, see CRS Report RL30567, Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2011, by Valerie Heitshusen.
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The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

Date: December 1, 2010
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report provides a brief introduction to the legislative process on the Senate floor, including filibusters and cloture, restraint and delay, scheduling legislative business, unanimous consent agreements, the daily order of business, the amending process, and quorum calls and rollcall votes.
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Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress

Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress

Date: November 30, 2012
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: Report that introduces the main steps through which a bill (or other item of business) may travel in the legislative process, from introduction to committee and floor consideration to possible presidential consideration.
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Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Date: August 13, 2013
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report discusses the seating of the members of senate chamber in the Capitol.
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