A Bill Becomes a Law
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Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction

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1. Whatever the origin, members of Congress and their staffs draw up the formal legislation, attempting to avoid unanticipated consequences and conflicts with existing law. A bill can be introduced in either chamber by a congressman or senator (except for revenue bills which, according to the Constitution, must go to the House first).

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2. Bills originating in the House are numbered with an "H.R." indicating their source and those in the Senate have an "S."


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