1.: PROPONENTS: Proponents of legislation spend a lot
of time personally trying to convince committee members to support
their legislation based on its merits, often continuing the attempts
to expand the supportive coalition through amendments in the subcommittee
stage. With the support of the chair, they can stack the hearing
witnesses and schedule the final vote when opponents are unavailable.
2. OPPONENTS: Opponents have a number of chances to kill
or slow down legislation by proposing numerous amendments, or
by not showing up and making it difficult to get the quorum
necessary to carry on business.