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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER12

How Laws Are Created

In This Chapter

  • The process in the House of Representatives
  • The process in the Senate
  • Different types of bills
  • How differences in bills are reconciled
  • Final passage of legislation

Congress is given the important function in our democracy of passing legislation. Every year, thousands of measures, or bills, are introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate, yet fewer than 10 percent typically become laws. The myriad rules and procedures to pass a law often favor opponents to the legislation. Where do all these bills come from? Why are so few passed into law? What is the process to create laws?

The basic ...

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