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The Legislative Junkie

Exceptions to the Rule

Unit 3

 

1. Presidential Initiative: Presidents are known for the legislative programs they promote. The President's annual State of the Union Message usually identifies problems and calls for specific legislation which a Member of Congress introduces for the President.

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2. Interest Groups: Interest groups often define problems they would like Congress to tackle and provide suggestions for legislation. They then seek out a Member of Congress to introduce a bill containing their recommendations..

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3. Commissions and Blue Ribbon Commissions: When problems are unclear and solutions difficult, Congress or the President may create a special study group with a wide mix of participants to study the issue and make legislative suggestions. For example, after the attacks of September 11th, the 9/11 Commission brought together a set of widely respected and politically astute individuals to develop legislative suggestions.

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4. Other Sources: The ideas for legislation may come from individual citizens, experiences at the state level, or comparisons with other countries.

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Unit Introduction

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