The Congressional Conference Committee

The Congressional Conference Committee

The Congressional Conference Committee

The Congressional Conference Committee

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In the present volume the writer attempts to analyze and to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of legislative machinery which, in comparison with its importance, has received little attention from students of Government. The Journals and reports of debates, alike of the early English Parliament and of the United States Congress, abound in cases of the use of the conference committee, but no detailed and connected study has hitherto been made of its development. The Congressional conference committee system forms an indispensable part of modern Congressional procedure. Yet, with all the weight of age and present-day importance that pertains to it, the conference committee is still almost unknown.

Some scattered facts on the workings of the bicameral system appear in the interstices of this procedural history. No connected attempt has been made, however, to discuss the relative importance of the House and the Senate as legislative chambers. This would require a separate monograph. The conference committee is the agency through which one house of the national Congress must act in order to assert its dominance over the other house in respect of a certain bill. Which house wins more frequently on the important measures could be ascertained by examining the legislative history of the measures reaching the statute book. Where the balance of power lies in a bicameral system depends upon many other factors which are unconnected with procedural . . .

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