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  • Perfect timing, John! It all starts when a person has an idea. Then a congress member decides if it's law worthy, and if so, becomes its sponsor, changing it into a bill.
  • Sir, how does a bill become a law?
  • Guided reading: What power does standing committee have over legislation?
  • After sponsorship, the bill is brought or sent through franking privilege, mail paid for by the employer, to the senate. From there, it goes into the standing committee, where it can approved, changed, or denied. The majority party's vote then allow the bill to either move on or stop for further discussion.
  • Seniority, how long the congressmen have been there and how much experience they have determine the groups
  • How are committees made?
  • Guided reading: Why would a cloture be more informally called a guillotine?
  • If they approve the bill, it will then go to the the house or senate floor where it will be debated and discussed throughly. If debated for too long, the bill could be filibustered, which happens when too much time is spent discussing and the sponsor eventually revokes the bill from the floor.
  • Because the two parties typically share different veiws and through debate, decide whether the law should it be passed. Another way to end a debate is by administering a cloture. This is used to cut off a debate quickly and abruptly.
  • Why take so much time to debate it then?
  • Guided reading: What’s the difference between the Majority Party and the Minority Party?
  • The Majority Party has the most power, and is divided by those who have been there the longest. While Minority Party has the least. This is true in both the senate and house, but even the majority party has less power than the majority vote of everyone.
  • What gives them this power and how do they vote?
  • Why the Elastic Clause of course, from the constitution! and voting wise, there's three different ways to choose from. Voice vote where each member says their decision out loud, then standing vote where if in favor of, votes are counted by those who stand up.
  • Correct!
  • Let me guess, roll call is when they call out everyone name and they respond with there vote
  • The final step is its travels to the White House. Here, the president can veto, or deny it if he sees it proper. Another choice the president has is the pocket veto, where instead of stamping it as a veto, he puts the bill away until the time limit for his apoval has passed.
  • Guided reading: How does a Pocket Veto differentiate from a regular veto?
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