The Legislative Process

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  • A proposal for a bill is introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill can come from anyone. However, if the bill isn't sponsored by a congressperson, the bill is immediately killed.
  • The committee debates the bill. The committee members have the power to add amendments to it. There are also public hearings. Lobbyists are hired by interest groups to persuade the representatives to make specific law and regulations that would be in the interest group's favor. The committee can make outrageous amendments to kill the bill.
  • Committee Meeting
  • The committee approves or rejects the bill. The outcome must be by majority vote. If the bill is rejected, it's killed. If the bill is approved, it is placed on the calendar for discussion. If the bill fails to be put on the calendar, it is immediately killed.
  • The bill is open for the debate of the full chamber. Anybody can speak in favor or opposition of a bill. The party whips try to convince the members of their party to support or oppose the bill. The majority and minority leaders act as spokespersons for their parties. The floor leaders aid in guiding the bill through the House.
  • The Speaker of the House can request a roll call vote. Each voting member of the House can vote yes or no. A majority vote is needed. If the bill is rejected and doesn't get passed by the House, the bill is dead. If it passes, it gets moved on to the Senate.
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