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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)