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Politics and Policy. NU 305 DL Sacred Heart University. The Legislative Process. Introduction of a bill by a member of Congress (Sponsors) House or Senate Most House Referral to a Committee Most important Step 19 House Committees 16 Senate Committees. The Legislative Process.

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Politics and policy

Politics and Policy

NU 305 DL

Sacred Heart University


The legislative process
The Legislative Process

  • Introduction of a bill by a member of Congress (Sponsors)

    • House or Senate

    • Most House

  • Referral to a Committee

    • Most important Step

    • 19 House Committees

    • 16 Senate Committees


The legislative process1
The Legislative Process

  • Committee Action

    • Act as a whole or refer to Subcommittee

    • Hearings

    • Bill can die here or in the subcommittee

  • Subcommittee Review

    • Hearings/Testimonies

  • Mark Up

    • Changes and Amendments


The legislative process2
The Legislative Process

  • Committee Action to Report a Bill

  • Publication of a Written Report

    • Intent and scope

    • Impact on existing laws and programs

    • Position of the executive branch

    • Views of dissenting members of the committee


The legislative process3
The Legislative Process

  • Scheduling Floor Action

  • Debate

  • Voting

  • Referral to the other Chamber

    • Same process to committees and subcommittees


The legislative process4
The Legislative Process

  • Conference Committee

    • Both Chambers

    • Reconcile Differences

    • Legislation can die here as well

    • Changes must be approved by both houses


The legislative process5
The Legislative Process

  • Final Actions by the President

    • Sign it

    • Wait 10 days= approval

    • Veto

    • Pocket veto

  • Overriding A Veto

    • 2/3 vote by both chambers


Influencing legislation
Influencing Legislation

  • What you can do?

    • Letter writing

    • Join a nursing association

    • Face to face meetings

    • Testimony

  • Nursing’s Lobbyist

    • ANA

    • CNA