Typically, when a bill is introduced it must first be referred to and reviewed by a Congressional Committee before it can be voted on. Each committee has jurisdiction over certain topics of legislation, but with the broad range of legislation that gets introduced, jurisdiction is not always so clear. Committee referrals can be telling of the subject matter, urgency, and likelihood of passage for a bill. GovTrack committees page briefly explains the jurisdiction of each committee.

John Stewart
Editor, OutdoorWire.com
Vice President, BlueRibbon Coalition