Legislating for Gun Control
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This paper iterates that, even though the president might strongly support gun control legislation, there is a rigorous procedure that must be followed for this, or any other bill, to become law. Thus, the author details this procedure to underscore the problems faced by gun control advocates, even the president. The paper concludes that, if the president wants to pass a strict gun law, he most likely will meet with resistance during this complicated and prolonged legislative process.
From the Paper:"The Senate procedure can take two roads after a committee has approved a bill and it goes to the full Senate. A simple voice vote can be taken with bills that are non-controversial and/or bills that have an emergency status. The bill will either pass or fail at that point. Even with that simple voice vote, amendment is possible for a Senate bill. If the voice vote is not available or there are reasons why it cannot be used, the bill goes onto the calendar for a review from the entire Senate later on. When a bill is ready for review, objections can be raised. If there are not objections, each Senator gets five minutes in which he can speak about the bill. Objections give the Senators a chance to speak for as long as they wish. Filibusters can happen during that time, where Senators attempt to delay action on a bill by talking for unrealistic amounts of time. Eventually, however, this will have to end. When all of this is done, the bill goes forward for a vote.
"Bills that leave the House and Senate after being approved by both must be thoroughly checked out. . Even differing in punctuation is a problem, and the bills have to be reconciled. Whichever house originated the bill is provided with a copy of the bill that has differences."
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- Davidson, Roger H., Oleszek, Walter J. (2006). Congress and Its Members (10th ed.). Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press. (Legislative procedure, informal practices, and other information)
- Mount, Steve. (2010). Constitutional topic: How a bill becomes a law. http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_law.html
- Oleszek, Walter J. (2004). Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. CQ Press.
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