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Unit 7
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Mark-Up and Subcommittee Voting

Unit 7


Members iron out the final details of a piece of legislation in a mark-up session during which the legislation is gone over line by line. Proponents suggest amendments (see Strategies and Power Plays) in an attempt to create a coalition of supporters large enough to get subcommittee, committee, and chamber approval. A bill usually dies without subcommittee approval.

COMING SOON! [Video: Mark-up session]

A bill with a member's mark-up notes



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