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How a Bill Becomes a Law (Chapter 9: Congress)

First, read the textbook section on “Rules of Lawmaking Explain How a Bill Becomes a Law” in chapter 9, then review figure 9.5. and watch the

Next, answer all questions from the script below:

1. First, explain the importance and different moments of Committee Deliberation.

2. Second, present the next step in passing a law: the debate of the bill on the floor of the House and Senate. What is a filibuster? What is a cloture?

3. Third, talk about sending the bill to a conference committee to iron out the differences between the versions issued by the different houses. Why is this important?

4. Fourth, discuss Presidential Action.

5. Fifth, please note that it is easier for a bill to die than to emerge victorious from all the legislative hurdles. Why do you think that is the case? What could go wrong?

6. Sixth, discuss the impact of the constituency on Congressional lawmaking as presented in the video.

7. Lastly, please share your thoughts about how a bill becomes a law? What is the most interesting thing you learned while writing this paper?