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CRS — Congress’s Early Organization Meetings

November 8, 2012

Congress’s Early Organization Meetings (PDF)

Source: Congressional Research Service (via U.S. Senate)

Each January of a recent odd-numbered year, Congress has begun work earlier than it used to. Both chambers immediately make remaining committee assignments, while committees hold their organizational sessions to establish subcommittees, make subcommittee assignments, hire staff, and adopt committee rules. Accordingly, when the scores of measures introduced on the first day are referred to committee, Congress is ready to get to work on its legislative agenda without having to spend time on organizational and administrative matters.

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