QUOTE(Amlord @ Jan 25 2006, 02:03 PM)
Lesly, could you provide any links to examples of what you are asking about?
Sure. Here's how committees are supposed to handle modifications made to laws: Consideration by Committee
(Public Hearings and Markup Sessions and Committee Action) before it reaches the floor for a vote. The committee rules may've changed over time.
Here's an example of adding a provision after legislation passed committee, or "keeping [some] committee members in the dark":
QUOTE(Letter to Dennis Hastert from Henry Waxman)
I am writing to draw your attention [to] a provision in the Energy Conference Report that raises serious procedural and substantive concerns. At its essence, this provision is a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas. The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure.
The provision at issue is a 30-page subtitle called “Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources.” This subtitle, which was taken from the House-passed energy bill, was mysteriously inserted in the final energy legislation after the legislation was closed to further amendment
. The conferees were told that they would have the opportunity to consider and vote on the provisions in the conference report. But the subtitle was not included in the base text circulated to conferees, and it was never offered as an amendment
Instead, the new subtitle first appeared in the text of the energy legislation only after Chairman Barton had gaveled the conference over. Obviously, it would be a serious abuse to secretly slip such a costly and controversial provision into the energy legislation.
- Government Reform Minority Office