Due to the high volume and complexity of its work, Congress divides its tasks among approximately 250 committees and subcommittees. The House and Senate each have their own committee system, which are similar. Within chamber guidelines, however, each committee adopts its own rules, so there is considerable variation among panels.
For more information on how the Senate Committee system works, link to Committees on the main Senate Web page.
Senate Standing, Select, Special, and Joint Committees
Hearings & Meetings Schedule
Committee Creation & History
| Special and Select Committees