A committee is a group of people subordinate to a deliberative assembly and which examines matters in greater depth than would be possible for the assembly itself. It is a form of commission and may be a permanent body or temporary. A committee can have a variety of functions, including research and investigation. The results of a committee’s work are typically provided to the assembly as a report, including the methods used, facts uncovered, conclusions reached and any recommendations made. A committee can also be used to explore a project or change before the assembly itself considers it.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) joined Fox News to discuss the ongoing allegations against President Biden’s family business dealings with foreign dollars and influence. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also spoke with the program after Devon Archer testified in front of the Oversight Committee about his involvement in the Biden’s family business schemes.
The chairman of a committee is responsible for running meetings, keeping the discussion on the appropriate subject, recognizing members to speak, and confirming what has been decided (through voting or by unanimous consent). Depending on the size and nature of the committee, it may be more or less formal, but typically all committees follow Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Committees often conduct public hearings on the issues they are considering, and the dates, times and locations of any hearings are made available to the public. Hearings are recorded and transcribed, and the committee may publish a full transcript of testimony.