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Introduction to Political Science

by: Dr. Gregorio Fritsch

Introduction to Political Science POL 1020

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Dr. Gregorio Fritsch
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Dr. Gregorio Fritsch on Wednesday September 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to POL 1020 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 21 views. For similar materials see /class/213104/pol-1020-middle-tennessee-state-university in Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.


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Date Created: 09/23/15
HOW a Bill becomes a Law 3252011 31800 PM The twentyfive smallest state population c Total population 437 million o Get 50 Senators o 1 Senator 874000 people 0 mostly Republican The 25 largest states population c Total population 2430 million o Get 50 Senators o 1 Senator 4860000 0 mostly Democrats How a Bill becomes a law o A bill is a proposed law 0 Someone has to write it Presidential staff congress staff and interest groups corporations issue groups etc a Everyone has to have a friendly member of congress to push the bill through 0 Someone has to introduce the bill Member of the house or Senate takes it as their own 0 Given a unique number Will follow the bill through its entire path Bills proposed by the house are designated HR1 and Senate S1 and followed by numbers n Nov 210 Election 435 HR c 13 Sen a Jan 2011 o Begins new Congress o 2 year span 0 This time is a new year Each bill introduced has that two year plan to make it through the process and get enacted o Referred to Committee This is where all the work takes place in congress n Often referred to a subcommittee Standing committee last for a long time on specific areas ie Agriculture and education SubCommittee falls under the standing committee ie dairy farmers amp special needs children Committee work a Testimony Various groups testify on why it is a good bill and why it should be passed or why it is a bad bill and should not be passed 0 Anyone can testify as long as they are on the agenda of the committee 0 Role of interest groups is very powerful in giving testimony 0 Congress send staff to get summary of what was talked about a Mark up Meaning they will edit the bill a House only House Rules committee Very powerful committee They can promote or kill a bill Determines how much debate or when a bill can come up for vote Can do many things to help or hurt the bill Members are handpicked by the Speaker of the House 0 Most powerful person in the House 0 Majority voted person in 0 Changes as party majority changes o House Floor 0 Floor vote Majority vote wins Bill goes to floor after Mark UP 0 Filibuster talking the bill the death holding the vote up from vote To end filibuster n Cloture vote a 35 of senators60 Republicans used filibuster on all of Obama s proposed bills One doesn t have to be present o Once passed on the floor the bill has to be identical and passed in congress 0 Each will revise the bill and it will not be passed until the come together and make it the same 0 Conference Committee HR amp Sen Joint Committee a They attempt to compromise and make a deal a After compromise is met the bill is sent back to the HR amp Sen for approval 0 President must approve Has 10 working days to a Sign the bill into law a Or Veto it and kill it o If congress has stayed in session during the 10 working days and President has not approved or Vetoed 0 Bill will become law without the Presidents Signature If Congress has adjourned on official recess and during the 10 working days and the President does not act on it then the bill becomes Vetoed o Called a pocket Veto Congress can override a Veto o Takes a 23 vote in both houses of congress 3252011 31800 PM


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