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How Our Laws Are Made

outlines the steps by which an idea can become federal law. Topics include Congress, sources of legislation, forms of congressional action, the role of committees, reported bills, calendars, consideration and debate, congressional budget process, engrossment and message to Senate, Senate action, final action on an amended bill, bills originating in Senate, enrollment, presidential action, and more. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Bills may originate in either the House of Representatives or the Senate with one notable exception provided for in the Constitution. Article I, Section 7, of the Constitution provides that all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives but that the Senate may propose or concur with amendments.
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