Legislation, Presidential & Congressional Politics/Regarding a hearing affecting a bill

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Hi Michael,

I'm interested in this scenario.  If a Senate Armed Services committee is holding a hearing that highlights serious concerns into the use of private military contractors overseas, could this affect an appropriations bill that funds the Defense Department that contracts with the private military contractors?

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I can have an effect, but the two are not necessarily related.  Committee hearings are supposed to be meant primarily for obtaining information Congress needs to make decision.  Hearings are held all the time while the practices being examined continue to go along.  If a Senator, as a result of those hearings, had serious concerns about a practice, he or she could put a hold on the appropriations bill.  However, critical appropriations such as foreign military operations are rarely put on hold completely.  There might be a specific number of contracts that are put on hold, but Congress is unlikely to put a complete stop to all military contracting.

- Mike  

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I can answer just about any question about U.S. Political history, Constitutional law, the legislative process, elections, etc. I enjoy Presidential and Congressional historical trivia, but can answer more substantive questions too.

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Former Staff member for a Congressman and Senator. I also worked on about 10 Congressional and Presidential campaigns (only one that won). For a short time, I worked in the legal department of the Federal Election Commission.    I have a B.A. in Political Science.

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Former LBJ Fellow (paid fellowship for Congressional Staff).
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Society).

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Washington Post
Washington Times

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J.D. University of Michigan
B.A. George Washington University (Poli. Sci. major).

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LBJ Fellow
Truman Scholar

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