Standing Committee Law and Legal Definition

A standing committee refers to a permanent subunit of a political body created to aid the parent body in fulfilling its obligations. In the U.S., a standing committee is a Congressional committee permanently authorized by United States House of Representatives and United States Senate rules. It is appointed for a specific purpose and for a specific period of time. While exercising their legislative jurisdiction, standing committees consider bills and issues, and recommend measures for consideration. They also have responsibility to supervise agencies, programs, and activities within their jurisdictions.