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1.3 Congressional Committees Rule

There is simply too much work to be done in Congress for every issue to be debated by every member. That’s why a committee system was implemented to manage all the work. Once a bill is introduced, it is assigned to a committee and then a subcommittee, where it sits in limbo until the chair of the committees decide to work on it.

Your elected official might be enthusiastic about your issue, but without the support of the committee chair, the subcommittee chairs, and the leadership of the party in power, there is no hope for your issue to move forward.


Here is a great video from PBS that goes into depth about the role of committees and why it is important:

If you want to be an influential advocate, you have to learn about the committee system and which committee oversees your issue.