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Lecture 11

PSC 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Divided Government, Pocket Veto, American Health Care Act Of 2017

Political Science
Course Code
PSC 101
Stephanie Paul

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Introducing a Bill
Only by a member of congress
Bills can be introduced in the House of Senate
Tax bill must originate in the House
Introduced by putting it into the hopper (House)
Prefix of H.R. or S.
Bill referred to committee
Bill referred to subcommittee
Hearings, negotiations, etc.
Bill dies in subcommittee (usually)
Bill voted on by full committee
Floor Action on Bill
Scheduled for floor debate
Rules committee in house
Amount of time for debate, number of amendments, etc.
Closed bill: yes or no vote
Less formal process in senate
Increasing likelihood of filibuster
If a bill is passed in on chamber it moves to the next, where the process begins
all over again
Conference committee
Compromise bill must be fashioned
Bill must be voted on in final form in both chambers
No amendments allowed
Presidential Action
○ Veto
President returns bill to congress unsigned
Pocket veto: rejection of a bill of the president takes no action in it for 10
days and congress as adjourned during that period
Overriding a veto
⅔’s vote in both house and senate
American Health Care Act of 2017
H.R. 1628
Introduced in the House on March 20, 2017 by Rep. Diane Black (TN-6)
Assigned to the Budget Committee
March 24, 2017: Debate in the House
March 24, 2017: further consideration of H.R. 1628 postponed
Legislative Oversight of the Executive Branch
Purpose of oversight
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