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conference committee in the U.S. Congress, a temporary panel assembled from members of both the Senate and House of Representatives to resolve differences between two versions of a particular bill and create a compromise version.
grievance committee a committee empowered to settle grievances, as between labor and management, according to formal procedures established by prior agreement.
House Rules Committee a powerful committee of the U.S. House of Representatives that determines when and how new legislation will be considered by House members. Often referred to as Rules Committee, its formal name is United States House Committee on Rules.
House Un-American Activities Committee a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (1938-75) created to investigate organizations and individual Americans suspected of being subversive or disloyal to the country. (abbr.: HUAC)
joint committee a committee consisting of members from both houses of a bicameral legislature, or from two or more organizations.
political action committee an independent political organization that seeks to promote the cause of a particular interest group, usu. through fundraising and campaigning to elect candidates who support the group's views.
Rules Committee a powerful committee of the U.S. House of Representatives that determines when and how new legislation will be considered by House members. Also referred to as House Rules Committee, its formal name is United States House Committee on Rules. [2 definitions]
select committee a group, formed on a temporary basis and assembled from members of a goverment, whose purpose is to investigate a particular issue.
Senate Rules Committee the committee of the U.S. Senate responsible for overseeing matters relating to rules and procedures in the Senate, federal elections, U.S. presidential succession, qualifications of Senate members, corrupt government practices, and the administration of Senate office buildings. The formal name is United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
steering committee a committee that determines the schedule and business agenda of a legislative body or the like.
United States House Committee on Rules a powerful committee of the U.S. House of Representatives that determines when and how new legislation will be considered by House members. The committee is often referred to as Rules Committee or House Rules Committee.
United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration the committee of the U.S. Senate responsible for overseeing matters relating to rules and procedures in the Senate, federal elections, U.S. presidential succession, qualifications of Senate members, corrupt government practices, and the administration of Senate office buildings. The committee is often referred to as Senate Rules Committee.
vigilance committee a group of citizens that illegally assumes authority to punish crime because of dissatisfaction with or absence of the usual law-enforcement agencies.