A Bill Becomes a Law
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Unit 3
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Origin of Bills

Unit 3


We typically think of individual members of Congress as the people who identify problems and propose solutions. While it is true that only a member of the House or Senate can formally introduce legislation, the ideas come from many sources (see Exceptions to the Rule).

COMING SOON! [Video - members of Congress defining a problem and introducing legislation]


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