Legislative Process

“All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Article I, Section 1, of the Unites States Constitution

The chief function of Congress is the making of laws.  The legislative process comprises a number of steps, and much information is available from this page concerning the legislation introduced and considered.  The House Explained provides a very brief overview of the legislative process within the House of Representatives and will help you understand the information and how it interrelates.  However, there are many aspects and variations of the process which are not addressed.  A much more in-depth discussion and presentation of the overall process is available in How Our Laws are Made and Enactment of a Law.  A kid's version of How Our Laws are Made is also available.