The legislative prcess 2

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  • The Clerk of the Senate receives the bill passed by the House of Representatives. He or she places it on the calendar for introduction.
  • The bill is assigned to a senatorial committee. Sometimes, the committee will not take any action. If so, the bill can be killed. The committee can still make amendments like the House of Representatives.
  • The committee will debate the bill. Public hearings allow interest groups and lobbyists to give some input. PAC's might also attend.
  • The committee votes on the bill. If approved by majority vote, it will be placed on the calendar for full senate discussion.
  • All of the members of the Senate can speak in favor or opposition to the bill. The Vice President presides over these session. The VP only votes to break a tie. When he or she is absent, the President Pro Tempore resides. This is where a filibuster, or a long speech can be used to delay the voting of a bill.
  • To stop a filibuster, a cloture or a majority vote is needed. After a cloture, a roll call can be requested.
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