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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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