Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Senate Committees

Senate Committees

Senate Committee process, types and action covered in The Senate: Conflict and Compromise


From the C-SPAN Original Production The Senate: Conflict and Compromise, the history and the role of Senate committees is explained by Senate historians.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How are committee assignments decided?
  • What are the three types of committees discussed in the video?
  • What is the role of a committee in the legislative process?
  • How has the power and function of committees changed?

Additional Resources



    • Chair
    • Conference Committee
    • Joint Committee
    • Regular Order
    • Seniority
    • Special Committee
    • Standing Committee


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