The framers of the United States Constitution had serious concerns about unchecked government power and this caused them to create a legislative process that was intentionally slow and difficult. This system remains in use today, and the nature of politics serves as a compounding factor that makes tracking the path from bill to public law even more muddled. That's why we created the Essential Guide to Legislation, as a helpful reminder of how federal lawmaking works from start to finish.
The guide breaks down the federal legislative process, including:
Each step of the legislation proposal process in the House and Senate
How legislation changes before it becomes law
How the two houses resolve legislative differences
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