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Current Activity in Congress (from THOMAS)
The Legislative Process
- A bill is introduced in the House or the Senate.
- The bill is referred to a committee and a subcommittee.
- The committee and/or the subcommittee hold hearings on the bill.
- The committee prepares a committee report and reports the bill to the full House or the Senate.
- The bill is debated on the floor of the House or the Senate.
- A vote is taken and the bill is passed or defeated.
- The same procedure is carried out in the other house.
- When both houses have passed related bills, the bills are referred to a conference committee where members agree to a compromised version.
- The compromise bill is sent to each house with a conference committee report. A vote is taken and the bill is passed or defeated.
- If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the President.
Debates (Congressional Record)