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The Legislative Process: Congress at Work

Finding a Sequence

All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

You will learn about the steps of the legislative process by reviewing documents created or received by Congress at various points in history as it was considering new laws.

Analyze each document to determine which of the 10 steps of the legislative process was taking place when the document was created. Drag each document to the appropriate box to arrange the documents in the proper sequence. Click Show Hints to reveal the title of each step. When you have finished, you will answer several questions about the legislative process.


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Worksheet

The Legislative Process: Congress at Work

Finding a Sequence

Examine the documents in this activity. Put the corresponding document numbers in order using the list below. Write your conclusion response in the space provided.

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Hints for this Activity


  1. Desire for legislation is voiced
  2. Bill is introduced and referred to committee
  3. Committee collects testimony and information
  4. Committee reports to full chamber
  5. Floor debate
  6. Vote on bill
  7. Process is repeated in other chamber
  8. House and Senate bills are reconciled in conference
  9. Act is sent to President
  10. President signs act


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Petition from the citizens of New Jersey praying for Congress to make the act of lynching a crime against the United States

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Untitled [Railroad Bill], cartoon by Clifford Berryman

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[Bill to Honor Veterans] House Resolution 7786 of the 83rd Congress

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Congressional Record Showing Debate of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Endorsement Page of H.R. 3370 showing the Conference Process

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H. Rpt 1333, Report on Changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day

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Untitled. [Hepburn Rate Bill]

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Roll Call Vote Tally on Senate Resolution 1564, the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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S. 277, a Bill to Authorize the Establishment of the National African American Museum within the Smithsonian Institution

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Minutes of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce

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Conclusion

The Legislative Process: Congress at Work

Finding a Sequence

Answer the following questions and email your responses to your teacher.

Every step of the legislative process allows voices to be heard.

  1. Which document best illustrates citizens participating in the legislative process? Why did you choose it?
  2. Which documents show multiple perspectives being voiced? Whose voices do you see?
  3. At which step of the process can elected officials best represent the interests of their constituents? Why?


Your Response




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Minutes of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce

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Congressional Record Showing Debate of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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H. Rpt 1333, Report on Changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day

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Roll Call Vote Tally on Senate Resolution 1564, the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Page 1



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[Bill to Honor Veterans] House Resolution 7786 of the 83rd Congress

Page 1



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Anyone Home?

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Endorsement Page of H.R. 3370 showing the Conference Process

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Document


S. 277, a Bill to Authorize the Establishment of the National African American Museum within the Smithsonian Institution

Page 1



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Petition from the Citizens of New Jersey Praying for Congress to Make the Act of Lynching a Crime Against the United States

Page 1



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Hepburn Rate Bill

Page 1