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Department
Political Science
Course
POL 201
Professor
Sylvia Thompson
Semester
Fall

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How A Bill Becomes a Law 11/12/2012 US House • The person who introduces the bill becomes the sponsor • Bill can be changed around Standing sub­committee holds hearing • • Standing sub­committee does most of the work on the bill and then gives back to the standing  committee, which has the real power to decide if the bill will go out or not • Vote by majority rule Speaker of the house figures out what committee should get certain bills Introducing the bill ­> standing committee ­> standing sub­committee ­> standing committee ­> rules  committee ­> US House Debate and Vote • Over 90% of bills are killed in the standing committee that they are originally sent to • Any bill introduced by a democrat in the House is unlikely to make it through the committees • A part of it is based on their expertise, expert testimony, and feedback • Influence of lobbying and constituents Could be cost concern • • Could be that another very similar bill failed on the house floor • Rules committee is a standing committee in the House that sets the time limit on debate and the  specific conditions; determine if the bill could be changed on the floor or not • Majority vote (more than 50% to kill or to pass) • If a bill passes the House, it goes to the Senate to be introduced (unless it already came through there) US Senate • Hearings and lobbying occurs just as in the House • Sub­committee vote by majority rule to send back to committee that gave it to them originally Introduction ­> Standing Committee ­> Standing Sub­committee ­> Standing Committee ­> Leadership ­> 
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