How a Bill Becomes Law, political science homework help

  2. Review “How a Bill Becomes Law” in your text and compare it to the process outlined in “The Legislative Process” article below.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.


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.


  1. 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
  2. Read the ‘Virtual Congress’ Would Weaken the Deliberative Process by Congressman David Dreier (R-Calif.), chairman of the very powerful House Rules Committee.
  3. 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.

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