standing committee


: a permanent committee especially of a legislative body

Examples of standing committee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But real decision-making authority remains firmly in the grasp of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo and its seven-member standing committee. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 Hui had been part of the CPPCC’s elite 300-member standing committee since 2013, but he was told not to attend the annual convention in March last year as his property group became the biggest casualty of the nation’s credit crunch. Bloomberg, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 The decision was approved by the standing committee of the country’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, according to CCTV. Nectar Gan, CNN, 24 Oct. 2023 China’s top legislators, the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, meet through Tuesday and are likely to discuss a proposal for the early issuance of new local government debt and the appointment of key personnel. Vince Golle, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2023 City Council was also expected to vote on a resolution establishing gun-free zones in certain parts of the city but referred the issue to the public health and safety standing committee. Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2023 The parliament on Sunday also proposed amendments to a lawmaking procedure during an emergency that would allow its decision-making standing committee to skip multiple rounds of discussion before passing legislation. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2023 The Trump and Biden administrations have imposed sanctions targeting senior Chinese officials, including members of the Communist Party’s 25-strong Politburo, vice chairpersons of the Chinese legislature’s standing committee and a number of officials involved in Hong Kong policy. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Wardlaw chairs the court’s standing committee on federal public defenders. oregonlive, 7 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1632, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standing committee was circa 1632

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“Standing committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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