Committee News

Congressional committees are the bodies that consider matters sent to them by a larger deliberative assembly. In the United States Congress, for example, the House and Senate each have several committees that work on various issues. Usually, an assembly will send matters to a committee in order to explore them more fully than would be possible if the assembly considered them directly. The chair of a committee is responsible for running the meeting, keeping discussions on track, recognizing members to speak and confirming what the committee decides (either by vote or by unanimous consent). Depending on the size of a committee and its needs, it may follow formal rules of procedure like Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised or informal procedures.

During this week’s executive session, the Senate Commerce Committee passed 5 bills that will increase drug pricing transparency, modernize the FAA’s NOTAM system, require privacy disclosures in many household smart devices, enhance marine debris cleanup and grow our maritime workforce. The Committee also approved a bill that will provide additional funding to expand broadband access for unserved areas.

A House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is holding its fifth public hearing, this time to focus on former President Trump’s pressure campaign on the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election. CBS News chief political correspondent Nikole Killion joins anchors Anne-Marie Green and Errol Barnett to discuss the latest developments.

As Democrats prepare to take control of the House in 2022, one of their top priorities will be investigating Donald Trump and his inner circle. And the chair of the select committee investigating the January 6 riot is expanding his investigation to include other Republican lawmakers who may have played a role in the events that led up to and during the attack.

The committee has already subpoenaed several of these lawmakers, including Reps. Mo Brooks and Mark Meadows, who are both close to the White House and have denied any involvement in the riot. The committee is also looking at a documentary filmmaker who has new footage from inside the Trump White House.

News Committee

The EBU’s News Committee brings together representatives from each of the member broadcasters to work together on issues facing the industry. Through its work, the Committee seeks to help shape the future of news media and to ensure that they remain a core part of our democratic system.

The EBU’s News Committee is the elected body that oversees news activities across the organization. Its interdisciplinary membership includes editors-in-chief, news directors and foreign desk editors from Member Broadcasting Organisations. The News Committee carries out its work in close cooperation with the EBU’s other policy committees. The Committee meets twice a year, and is responsible for the agenda for the annual News Assembly, a forum that offers news directors the chance to network and share ideas about improving coverage, reducing costs and implementing new technology. It also organises other activities to promote the future of news media and their role in society.