Social Studies - 2019-20
CE.6c - Lawmaking Process at the National Level
The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the national level by
c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
National laws are made by Congress.
Citizens learn the lawmaking process and influence public policy through direct participation and/or simulation.
The lawmaking process requires collaboration and compromise.
Expressed: Specifically listed in the Constitution of the United States
Implied: Used to carry out expressed powers
The lawmaking process in Congress
Introducing a bill in either house
Working in committees
Debating the bill on the floor
Voting on the bill
Sending the bill to the other house
Repeating the process in the other house
Sending the bill to the president
Elected officials in Congress write laws and take action in response to problems or issues.
Individuals and interest groups help shape legislation.
The formal powers of Congress are limited (denied powers) by the Constitution of the United States.