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Parliamentary Bootcamp

May 2, 2011

While most Members, committees, and staffers refer to "markups" of legislation—the vernacular used to reference a committee meeting—the House Rules only recognize two broad kinds of official committee events: hearings and meetings.

April 4, 2011

Under the House rules, committees gather for two purposes: hearings, where they take testimony from witnesses and gather facts, and meetings, where committees conduct business like marking up legislation or reports, issuing subpoenas, or taking other “collegial” action.

December 19, 2010

Tracking legislation in the House has become much easier since the advent of computerized databases such as the Legislative Information System and Thomas. However, the printed documents which contain much of the information in those databases are still printed and circulated every day.