Essay about Congress During The Era Of Government

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During an era of government where Congress is almost commonly criticised for its unproductivity, understanding the factors involved in the success of Congressional bills is a more pertinent political affair than ever before. For a bill to succeed, it must work its way through the ‘legislative gridlock’ of Congress during which varying factors affect its chance of success. The bill may first succeed at Standing Committee Stage, having been afforded a hearing and then enough support to leave the committee with a report and findings to be taken into consideration by the floor. Then during timetabling the bill may then be placed onto the calendar for discussion, such as whenever a majority of the Senate chooses. Then the bill is debated at the second reading, where further amendments may be made, here there is potential for a filibuster in the Senate, likely for bills that have attracted negative attention as they succeeded in the previous stages. Then another debate may take place at the third reading before the bill is voted on, requiring passage in both houses to progress. Most major legislation then goes to a Conference Committee with the aim of reconciling the differences in the bills of the two chambers. Then, the bill is sent to the President for review where it becomes law if signed by the President or if not signed within 10 days and Congress is in session. If Congress adjourns before the 10 days and the President has not signed the bill then it does not become law – a…

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