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The Legislative Process
The United States Congress is a bicameral legislature, comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House and Senate are equal partners in the legislative process—a bill cannot become law without the consent of both chambers.
Representatives propose legislation, which is then referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of the House or the presiding officer in the Senate. The committee system, consisting of numerous committees and subcommittees, allows Congress to operate more efficiently and effectively through division of labor and specialization. These committees have great power in determining which bills get reviewed and in shaping the laws that are passed.
Typically, a bill only reaches the floor after a committee or subcommittee has reviewed it, making revisions and additions. Once legislation is passed by both the House and the Senate, it is then sent to the President for their approval into law or disapproval through the use of the Executive’s veto power.