In this chapter students learned about the process by which
a bill becomes a law, the power of Congress to raise and spend
money, and how members of Congress help voters in their states
or districts. They also learned about the many factors that
influence lawmakerspolitical parties, the president,
interest groups and, perhaps most importantly, the individual
voter. In this activity students will learn more about the
legislative process in the House of Representatives.
Students will visit the House of Representatives Web site
to learn about different aspects of the legislative process
of introducing a bill into law. They will learn about different
ways of how the work of Congress is initiated and the roles
of members of Congress in the legislative process. Students
will then write about a bill that is currently under consideration.
- Students will be able to identify four examples of how
the work of Congress is initiated.
- Students will be able to explain one of the most important
phases of the legislative process concerning proposed bills.
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- The work of Congress is initiated by the introduction
of a proposal in one of four principal forms: the bill,
the joint resolution, the concurrent resolution, and the
- The Speaker of the House refers each bill to the appropriate
committee for action.
- One of the most important phases of the legislative process
is the action by committees. The committees provide the
most intensive consideration to a proposed measure as well
as the forum where the public is given the opportunity to
- If the Senate changes the wording of a bill by the House, the measure is sent back for approval to the House. Continuing differences are resolved in a conference committee that outlines the final version of the bill.
- Students' letters will vary.