committee of the whole
committee of the whole definition by Webster's New World
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a committee comprising all the members of a legislative body, etc. under more informal rules than those used in a regular session
committee of the whole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The whole membership of a legislative body sitting as a committee to consider the details of a proposal.