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Unit 12
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Ironing Out Differences

Unit 12


1. Both the House and Senate must pass legislation that is identical in every way before it is sent to the president for approval. After each chamber has passed its version, the legislation is sent to a conference committee made up of leaders of the originating committees to work out the differences. At times, each chamber instructs its members as to what to accept or reject.

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2. The conference committee meets and attempts to craft a compromise acceptable to each chamber.

COMING SOON! [Video: Conference committee]

3. The report of the conference committee is brought back to each chamber for approval without amendment.

COMING SOON! [Video: Vote on conference committee report]

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