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Legislative Process

How a bill becomes a law in the US, with the government documents associated with each step of the process

What did they say in Congress?


The bill is returned to the House or Senate for further debate and approval. At this point members may propose amendments to the bill, add additional text or otherwise alter the bill.  These may be referred to as floor statements. When similar bills are presented and passed in the House and Senate, a conference committee of the two chambers is formed to reconcile differences. (See Committee Analysis for sources.)  The new bill is reintroduced and acted on.