American Constitutional Law LAW-210. The Constitution and the Federal Government: An Overview. Unit Objectives. At the completion of this unit, students should be able to: Explain the concept of federalism Describe how the concept of separation of powers relates to the U.S. government
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The Constitution and the Federal Government: An Overview
If vetoed, it goes back to the Congress, where it must pass both houses by a 2/3 majority.
Once both houses pass the compromise bill, it is sent to the President to be signed.
If signed, the bill becomes law
If it passes there, it goes to the other house (House to Senate or Senate to House).
It is assigned to a committee and the process repeats.
If the second House of Congress made any changes, or amendments, to the bill, it must go to a Conference Committee, made up of members of both houses. Here, they work out compromises between the two different versions of the bill. The compromise bill then goes back to both houses for a final vote.
Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs
Education and Labor
After it passes committee, the bill goes to the full body of that house for a vote.
A bill, or proposed law, is introduced in the House of Representatives or the Senate and then assigned to a committee for discussion and voting.
Aeronautical and Space Sciences
Ways and Means
Major House Committees
Major Senate Committees
How New Laws Are Made
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the
U.S. Court of
U.S. Court of
Federal Courts and Other Entities Outside the
Court of Veterans