- PART ONE
- Review “How a Bill Becomes Law” in your text and compare it to the process outlined in “The Legislative Process” article below.
- Review “The Legislative Process” by the Center on Congress at Indiana University and pay particular attention to the last section, “Changing Trends and Variations from the Norm.”
- Should we adopt new trends and variations on the process of how a bill becomes law?
Students will discover a more complicated process for how a bill becomes law and determine whether the U.S. Congress should adopt new variations.
PART TWO : DISCUSSION POST
Congress has been described as a horse and buggy institution in a jet age. Yet, the Founding Fathers built in time making Congress a deliberative body that would not be subject to the immediate “passions and prejudices” of an electorate. Various “fixes” are proposed each year to bring the Congress into the Twenty-First Century.
- Review the legislation proposed by Congressmen Eric Swalwell (R-CA) and Steve Pearce (R-NM), Swalwell, Pearce Introduce Resolution to Bring Congress into 21st Century
- Read the ‘Virtual Congress’ Would Weaken the Deliberative Process by Congressman David Dreier (R-Calif.), chairman of the very powerful House Rules Committee.
- Post your thoughts on whether the Virtual Congress is a good “fix” for the Twenty-First Century Congress or would it weaken its effectiveness.
Students will be able to assess whether a Virtual Congress is a needed 21st century innovation, or a proposal that would weaken the deliberative nature of Congress.