A Bill Becomes a Law
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Exceptions to the Rule

Unit 5


At times issues are so divisive that drafting a bill through the normal committee structure is impossible. Increasingly, congressional leaders have used ad hoc committees or special task forces made up of members from both chambers (and at times individuals from the executive branch) to break a legislative log jam.

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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