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;

Adopted: 2015



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.


Legislative powers

 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.


Updated: May 16, 2018