Notes 4-1 - American Politics Notes: April 1st, 2008 How a...

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American Politics Notes: April 1 st , 2008 How a Bill Becomes a Law (House) Bill is introduced, bill is sent to multiple committees (called multiple referral). If it is an important bill, it goes to multiple subcommittees almost instantaneously, especially if it pertains to more than one subcommittee. Options: 1) The bill can be passed without any amendment whatsoever. 2) The bill can pass with amendments. 3) There can be a substitute bill. Somebody substitutes an entirely different bill. 4) The bill can be defeated. The subcommittee considers it and they vote it down. 5) The bill is never considered. This is the most frequent option of all. 5 to 10 thousand bills and introduced, about half are passed as substitute bills. Congressmen who are running for office talk about the bills they will introduce. They will introduce but it has little to no chance of getting passed. Every committee in the House and Senate is an independent autonomous body. If one committee defeats the bill, this does not stop other committees from considering it. The bill only died in that committee. Subcommittees are independent autonomous bodies as
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course PSC 100 taught by Professor Colbert during the Spring '08 term at UNC Greensboro.

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Notes 4-1 - American Politics Notes: April 1st, 2008 How a...

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