standing committee


Definition of standing committee

: a permanent committee especially of a legislative body

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Recent Examples on the Web The law effectively requires the territory to enforce measures decided by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee, a small body controlled by the ruling party. Fox News, "Hong Kong police issue arrest warrant for US citizen amid crackdown on pro-democracy activists," 3 Aug. 2020 The South China Morning Post newspaper and public broadcaster RTHK, both citing unnamed sources, said the standing committee had approved the law unanimously Tuesday. Zen Soo And Ken Moritsugu, USA TODAY, "China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law," 30 June 2020 Huston demoted Lucas from vice chair of the standing committee on government reduction, though Lucas remains a member. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Speaker sanctions lawmaker who posted image of black kids celebrating 'free money'," 15 May 2020 Republicans on the committee spent much of their time questioning the validity of the panel when the House already has eight standing committees to conduct oversight. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Health experts tell House coronavirus committee that millions more tests per week are needed," 13 May 2020 The Common Council president chairs the Steering & Rules Committee, which is comprised of the standing committee chairs. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Divided Milwaukee Common Council receives committee assignments," 28 Apr. 2020 The congress’ standing committee that handles most actual legislation will then consider the details of the measure, the newspaper said. Washington Post, "China considers bill limiting Hong Kong opposition activity," 21 May 2020 The congress' standing committee that handles most actual legislation will then consider the details of the measure, the newspaper said. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "China proposes banning ‘secessionist’ activities, ‘foreign interference’ in Hong Kong," 21 May 2020 The standing committee of the congress, which announced the opening date, did not say how long the session would last. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Sets Date for Congress, Signaling Coronavirus Is Under Control," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of standing committee

circa 1636, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standing committee was circa 1636

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“Standing committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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Legal Definition of standing committee

: a permanent committee especially : one in a house or senate with jurisdiction over legislation in a particular area (as the judiciary or the armed services)

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