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As lawmakers begin to hash out border security, how do conference committees work?

By Roll Call Staff

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A bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers is beginning its efforts to hash out a border security agreement on Wednesday as the clock ticks toward another government funding lapse on Feb. 15. The panel is taking the form of a conference committee, regularly used on the Hill to find agreement on legislation passed with different language by each of the chambers. Back in 2017, Capitol Hill expert David Hawkings broke out Roll Call’s whiteboard to explain how conference committees work. Watch the explanation previously publishedon Dec. 7, 2017.

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