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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing a Senate Bill or Resolution

Jessica Tollestrup
Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process

Ideas and recommendations for legislation come from a wide variety of sources: individual Senators, committees and other Senate work groups, and party and chamber leaders; executive branch agencies and the White House; states and localities; and ordinary citizens or interest groups. Any or all of these entities may also participate in drafting measures.

Some of the most common considerations that may be taken into account when preparing the initial draft of a bill are the following:

  • To which committee is the measure likely to be referred? 
  • How can the measure attract cosponsors? 
  • Does the measure have bipartisan appeal? 
  • Is the measure best introduced early or late in a session of Congress? 
  • What are the budgetary or appropriations implications?

Date of Report: November 20, 2012
Number of Pages: 4
Order Number: 98-459
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