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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing a House Bill or Resolution

Jessica Tollestrup
Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process

Ideas and recommendations for legislation come from a wide variety of sources, such as individual Representatives, committees and other House working groups, party and chamber leaders, executive branch agencies and the White House, states and localities, and citizens or interest groups. Any or all of these individuals or entities may participate in drafting legislation, although only a member may formally introduce legislation.

Some of the most common considerations that might be taken into account when drafting a bill are

  • To what committee or committees is the measure likely to be referred? 
  • Will the bill attract cosponsors? 
  • Does the measure have bipartisan appeal? 
  • Is the measure best introduced at the beginning or toward the end of a Congress? 
  • What are the budgetary or appropriations implications? 
  • Should there be a companion measure introduced in the Senate?

Date of Report: November 20, 2012
Number of Pages: 4
Order Number: 98-458
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