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Politics of the United States
How a Bill Becomes a Law
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The bill can come from a variety of sources:
Special interest groups
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
Who can only introduce a bill
Only a member of Congress can introduce the bill
Where do bills start
A bill can start in either House. If dealing with money starts in the house.
Who has a standing committee
Each House has standing committees that consider their bills.
Chair and ranking number of committees
Each committee has a chair (from the majority) and a ranking member (from the minority).
Whats a mark up, where does it goes from here
They "mark-up" (edit) the bill so it will pass on the floor.
What can happen to the bill during a mark up
They can also "pigeonhole" or kill the bill in committee.
Where do the bill also pass thru in the House
The bill must also pass through the House Rules Committee.
After the House Rules Committee where do the bill goes
The Bill is Reported To the Floor
If the bill pass thru committee where is it sent
it is sent to the whole House for debate and vote.
Where do the committee has report the bill after debate and vote in the house
favorably to the floor
The speaker determines what
which bills are discussed and for how long.
What do the committee chair and ranking do for debate
give out time to debate to other members.
Where do the bill gets debated and voted
in the House
Bills can be considered by what or who
by the whole House, "Committee of the Whole"
How are votes done and what is this called
Votes are done electronically in the House, a role call vote.
How can votes be taken
by voice "yeas and nays" or a "teller vote" where members file past the sergeant at arms.
Where the bill goes after the House
The Bill Goes to the Senate
Whats the difference between the bill in the House then in the senate
Senate version is written with the letter S and a number. House bills have HR.
Where is the referred to in the senate
the bill must be referred to the appropriate standing committee.
What do the committee in the senate do
hold hearings and make changes to the bill.
Where can the committee in the senate report the bill
The committee can 'report" the bill to the Senate floor.
What happens to the bill after the its reported to the senate floor
The Bill is Debated and Voted On in the Senate
What does the senate Majority leader determines
The Senate Majority Leader determines which bills are scheduled, when and for how long.
Debate in the senate is what
What is a filibuster what is it used for
Filibusters (talking out a bill) can be used by the minority to block bills.
Of how many of the senate must agree to end debate what is it called
3/5 60, cloture
Are the senate rules weaker or stronger than the house
Which house must pass the bill
A simple ____ in both houses is needed to pass the bill (percent)
In the house how many are needed to control the house
How many senators in the senate is needed to pass the bill and control the house
Differences between the houses must be _____
Each house passes its own
Any differences must be ironed out and made into
Bill is considered in a _____ by which house
conference committee, both House and Senate members.
After conference committee negotiate and compromise where do they send the combined bill
back to both houses.
A vote on the ______ must be taken and passed by ______
conference report, both Houses.
Where is the bill sent after the conference report is passed by both houses
The Bill is Sent to the President
What can the Pres. include if the law should be enforced or if parts will not be enforced
What happened if the president rejects the bill what must he include
veto, reasons and recommendations for correction.
If the pres doesnt act on the bill what happens to it if congress is in session after how many days
the bill becomes law after 10 days.
If congress isnt in session and pres doesnt acts on the bill what happens
pocket veto the bill dies after 10 days"
How many of both houses is needed to override pres veto
How many in the house is needed to override and in senate
House: 290 Senate: 67
If pres signs the bill then it is a ____ ___ that each state must Follow
federal law that each state must follow.
If pres veto the bill both houses can what
reconsider the bill
Each house passes its
A vote on a bill in the Senate results in a tie. What would likely be the official outcome of the vote on the bill?
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