1. Both the House and Senate must pass legislation that is identical
in every way before it is sent to the president for approval.
After each chamber has passed its version, the legislation is
sent to a conference committee made up of leaders of the originating
committees to work out the differences. At times, each chamber
instructs its members as to what to accept or reject.
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2. The conference committee meets and attempts to craft a compromise
acceptable to each chamber.
[Video: Conference committee]
3. The report of the conference committee is brought back to
each chamber for approval without amendment.
[Video: Vote on conference committee report]