In the United States, the two houses have a total of about __________ subcommittees.
Virtually every legislature has a number of standing or permanent committees and may from time to time create special __________ committees to study urgent matters.
Changes in the 1970s weakened the nearly tyrannical powers of American committee chairpersons by __________.
A)making it easier to establish subcommittees
B)restricting the chairpersons' authority
C)establishing specialized "field" committees
D)altering their responsibilities to include international affairs
The main purpose of legislative bodies, in theory, is to formulate laws.This, however, varies among political systems and is generally __________.