and the Fate of the Bills
In the legislative process, the political elite will make policy recommendations and decisions at every crucial stage. To all concerned with the shape of transportation policy, the Bundestag committees represented such a stage. Indeed, since their recommendations carried most weight with other government organs, the future of the bills was at stake. As in the United States, where Congressional committees are even more powerful, a recommendation for favorable action, for significant revisions, or for the death of a bill most likely would be sustained by the plenary session.
The executive agencies and interest groups attempted to exert maximum pressure on the Bundestag committees. The committees, swayed in some instances but not in others, calmly pursued their critical role of meticulously examining every section and phrase of both bills. The Committees on Economic Affairs and Local Government had already finished their homework.1 Now it was up to the Transportation and Finance Committees, each sponsoring one of the bills, to assume the burden.____________________