The Motion to Recommit in the U.S. House of Representatives
Gary W. Cox
Chris Den Hartog
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Mathew D. McCubbins
PARTY, PROCESS, AND POLITICAL CHANGE IN CONGRESS: FURTHER NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE HISTORY OF CONGRESS, Chapter 19, Stanford University Press, 2007
We empirically evaluate hypotheses following from the view that the motion to recommit in the U.S. House of Representatives empowers the minority party to affect policy. We show that these predictions are at sharp odds with observed behavior, suggesting that the motion to recommit does not undermine the majority party as has been argued.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: motion to recommit, House of Representatives, Congress, Rules, majority party, minority party
JEL Classification: D72
Date posted: July 30, 2007
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