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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Committee of the Whole: An Introduction

Judy Schneider
Specialist on the Congress

The Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, more often referred to as the “Committee of the Whole,” is the House of Representatives operating as a committee on which every Member of the House serves. The House of Representatives uses this parliamentary device to take procedural advantage of a somewhat different set of rules governing proceedings in the Committee than those governing proceedings in the House. The purpose is to expedite legislative consideration.

This report briefly reviews the history of the Committee of the Whole, describes the current procedure associated with it, and identifies its procedural advantages. It will be updated if the rules and procedures change.

Date of Report: May 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 8
Order Number: RS20147
Price: $19.95

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