The House Rules Committee

The House Rules Committee

The House Rules Committee

The House Rules Committee

Excerpt

The plan of this book is as follows. Chapter 1 assesses the power of the Rules Committee by considering the decisions of the House in which it participates; these decisions principally concern the agenda of the House. In addition, the chapter analyzes the base, means, and extent of the Committee's power with particular reference to the weight, scope, and domain of that power.

Chapter 2 is a more detailed consideration of the Committee's role in setting the agenda of the House, including the requests for hearings and for rules which it grants or denies. The Committee's role in arbitrating differences between legislative committees over procedural matters is also discussed, as is the House's record for accepting or rejecting the decisions of the Rules Committee.

Chapter 3 is devoted to the Committee's decisions regulating debate, through closed and open rules, through waivers of points of order, and through rules to dispose of differences between the House and Senate over the final form of a bill. The Committee's decisions about allocation of time for debate are also discussed.

Chapter 4 considers the historical developments and changes in the Committee's role, with emphasis on the House's expectations of the Committee as revealed in House reforms of 1910, 1949, and 1961. The special role and powers and personal performances of several of the chairmen are also analyzed. Chapter 5 examines the previous Congressional experience and the constituency backgrounds . . .

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