Joint Committee (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Joint Committee

fetlock joint of a horse, by Matt Lavin

fetlock joint of a horse, by Matt Lavin

Committees including membership from both the House and the Senate. A joint committee may be investigative or research oriented. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation. As of 2012 only four joint committees remain: Joint Economic, Joint Taxation, Joint Library, and Joint Printing. None has the authority to report legislation. Standing joint committees are permanent joint committees established by law. The law fixes the number of the majority and minority members from each chamber. Chairmanship usually alternates between the House and Senate members from Congress to Congress.

Also see Congress by the Numbers; § 5.81, House and Joint Committee Ratios in the 112th Congress, in Congressional Deskbook.

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