How A Bill Becomes A Law

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How A Bill Becomes A Law

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Constituents

    • B. 

      Interest groups

    • C. 

      Members of congress

    • D. 

      Governors

    • E. 

      Public officials

  • 2. 
    When a congress member agrees to propose legislation on behalf of constituents, interest groups etc., (s)he becomes a
    • A. 

      Patron

    • B. 

      Sponsor

    • C. 

      Advocate

    • D. 

      Co-sponsor

    • E. 

      Writer

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Clerk of the Senate

    • B. 

      Clerk of the House

    • C. 

      Secretary of the Senate

    • D. 

      Secretary of the House

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Standing committee

    • B. 

      Panel of experts

    • C. 

      Chamber of congress

    • D. 

      Bureau

    • E. 

      Chairperson

  • 5. 
    If a committee chairperson doesn't act upon a bill
    • A. 

      The bill remains on file until further notice

    • B. 

      Another member of the committee may act

    • C. 

      The bill is recommended to a different committee

    • D. 

      The bill is effectively killed

  • 6. 
    In committee or subcommittee review, views of the executive branch and other public officials and experts are put on the record.  These are known as
    • A. 

      Insights

    • B. 

      Hearings

    • C. 

      Addresses

    • D. 

      Appeals

  • 7. 
    After hearings are held, subcommittees may make changes to a bill or "_____________" the bill
    • A. 

      Mark up

    • B. 

      Amend

    • C. 

      Redraft

    • D. 

      Adjust

  • 8. 
    In order to proceed from subcommittee review to committee action, a subcommittee must
    • A. 

      Recommend the bill

    • B. 

      Complete mark ups

    • C. 

      Vote to report the bill

    • D. 

      Hold additional hearings

    • E. 

      Pass the bill

  • 9. 
    If a full committee voes to "order the bill reported", the bill proceeds to
    • A. 

      Endure further hearings and mark ups

    • B. 

      An appropriate super committee

    • C. 

      Its original chamber of congress

    • D. 

      Full assembly of congress

  • 10. 
    Which officer(s) of the house has/have the most influence in determining the scheduling of a bill on the house floor?
    • A. 

      Speaker of the house

    • B. 

      Speaker of the house & majority leader

    • C. 

      Committee chairman & majority leader

    • D. 

      Majority leader

    • E. 

      Committee chairman

  • 11. 
    Once a bill reaches the floor of a particular chamber, members vote on rules regarding
    • A. 

      Time spent on debate

    • B. 

      Electronic vs. vocal voting

    • C. 

      Amendment processes

    • D. 

      Whether or not to debate

  • 12. 
    What is "unanimous consent"?
    • A. 

      A bill is rejected by all members of a particular chamber

    • B. 

      A bill is passed by all members of a particular chamber

    • C. 

      A bill is voted on without debate

    • D. 

      Both chambers agree to hear a bill

  • 13. 
    When the house or senate passes a bill, it is referred to the other chamber which may do all of the following except
    • A. 

      Approve the bill

    • B. 

      Reject the bill

    • C. 

      Ignore the bill

    • D. 

      Change the bill

    • E. 

      Refer the bill to the executive

  • 14. 
    The formation of a conference committee becomes necessary when
    • A. 

      The 2nd house ignores the bill

    • B. 

      The 2nd house significantly alters the bill

    • C. 

      The 2nd house makes minor changes to the bill

    • D. 

      The 2nd house rejects the bill

  • 15. 
    A bill is passed onto presidential action when
    • A. 

      A conference committee can't reach a resolution

    • B. 

      A bill is passed in identical forms in both houses

    • C. 

      The second house rejects the bill

    • D. 

      A sufficient majority in both houses can't be reached

  • 16. 
    A presidential veto may be overridden with
    • A. 

      A 3/4 majority in both houses

    • B. 

      A simple majority in both houses

    • C. 

      A 2/3 majority in the senate

    • D. 

      A simple majority in the senate

    • E. 

      A 2/3 majority in both houses