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Unit 11


1. HOUSE: Congress expresses its wishes formally through voting. House votes are usually done by voice or by using the electronic voting machines into which each member places an I.D. card and votes "yes,""no," or "present". Electronic votes are displayed on a panel behind the presiding officer.

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2. SENATE: Senate votes are usually done by voice, or through a roll call in which each name is called out and the senator verbally announces "yea" or "nay."

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Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes