A Bill Becomes a Law
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Unit 5
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Referral to Committee

Unit 5


Woodrow Wilson


Both houses of Congress are too large for efficient, detailed analysis of legislative proposals. Most of this work is done in committees. Committees specialize in particular policy areas. Legislation is referred to the most appropriate committee or committees by the chamber leadership (see House Versus Senate). Committees may kill, amend, or support legislation.

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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