The Legislative Process.

Essay by wsjnyUniversity, Bachelor'sB+, March 2003

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This a 18 page paper including references. The paper is about the legislative process of law making from the grassroots of the formulation of a bill to the intricate forms of getting the bill formed into legislation in the United States governement.

3 main questions of the essay: How and what is a bill/legislation? What are the possible steps that could be taken to create legislation in the United States government? And what are the meanings of log-rolling, implicit and explicit bargaining?

To understand the legislative process, we first must understand that a bill is actually started when an idea for gain and or profit for big business, interest groups, constituents, and Congressman/Congresswoman political advancement are thought of. Sometimes, an interest group and Congressman/Congresswoman, big business and Congressman/Congresswoman, or constituents and Congressman/Congresswoman conjointly conceive legislation. Once the idea of the proposed legislation is made to a House Representative, it is up to them to bring the bill to the floor by dropping the proposed bill in the hopper by the Speaker's podium or handing the legislation to the House Clerk. The Representative who brings the legislation into the House becomes the legislation's sponsor; the Representative may also look for other members of the House to cosponsor the legislation. This is usually done to seek and show wide support for the legislation. Representatives may also seek help from interest groups to influence other members in the House to cosponsor the legislation or give their support for the legislation.

During the early process of introducing legislation, many representatives have expert drafters construct the wording in the proposed legislation to give their legislation a chance to be heard and not killed in the first second it is heard. An example of this tactic is the Contract of America. There was measures or...