The Lawmaking Process and the House Rules

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It is no secret that the lawmaking process is a long winding road of difficulty and roadblocks. Without a few representatives, a bill cannot be introduced in the House or into the Senate. If a bill is introduced to the House, it is named a number with the letters “HR” before it. If it is taken to the Senate, then it’s given a number with the letter “S” before it. When presenting a bill, what is most important is who supports said bill. Usually, more powerful members of Congress are wanted to sponsor a piece of legislation for support for its path of approval. After the bill is introduced in either house, it is then assigned to an appropriate sub-committee in that chamber. If the subcommittee does not discuss the bill or don’t like it, the bill is never discussed again by either the committee or the full Congress. However, if the full committee likes the bill and it is approved, then it is placed on agenda for a complete discussion by the full chamber. This can seemingly be unusual because, according to Marc A. Triebwasser, “90 percent of the legislation introduced into either the House or Senate never makes it beyond the committee process.” Committees have the ability to block the passage of the legislation process even if the bill is popular enough to pass, so that is also another reason why it is difficult to get bills past the committee process, such as the background check bill. Although 80 percent of Americans and a clear majority in the Senate (54 out of 100) voting

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