Constitutional Law

Legislative Branch

What happens after a bill is introduced?

After a member of Congress introduces a bill, the measure is often referred to a committee. The committee then will discuss the measure in a mark-up session. Many bills never make it out of the committee. The common saying is that the measure died in committee. However, if the bill makes it out of committee, it can reach the full House for an official vote.

Committees are often formed by Congress in order to study the merits of a bill before it goes up for a vote (iStock).

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