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Unit 10
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House Versus Senate
The Legislative Junkie

The Legislative Junkie

Unit 10



Walter J. Oleszek, Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2004).

Congress A to Z, edited by David R. Tarr and Ann O'Connor (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003), provides detailed discussions of key stages in the legislative process.


The formal rules of the House are found in Jefferson's Manual (created by Thomas Jefferson in 1837 to guide the Senate but only accepted formally by the House) and Rules of the House of Representatives (referred to as the House Manual). House precedents are found in House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House (2003). On the Web, House rules are at: http://www.house.gov/rules/house_rules_text.htm.

Senate rules are in the Senate Manual Containing Standing Rules, Orders, Laws, and Resolutions Affecting the Business of the United States Senate. Senate precedents can be found in the Senate document, Senate Procedures: Precedents and Practices. On the Web, Senate rules can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/briefing/Standing_Rules_Senate.htm.


Unit Introduction









Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes