Reasearch and Study Helps
Think About It
What is the role of citizens in the legislative process?
What could you do, as an individual citizen, to influence the legislative processes?
Applying What You've Learned
Go to the Library of Congress' Legislative Information site THOMAS and find a bill sponsored by one of your members of Congress and then complete the following:
- Find out if the bill has any cosponsors. Are they mostly Republicans or Democrats or does the bill have bipartisan support?
- What is the bill's status in the legislative process? Has is been scheduled for a committee hearing? Has there already been a hearing? What is next?
- Is there a similar bill in the other house (the House or the Senate)? If so, who is the sponsor in the other house? What is the status of the other bill?
- Check the web sites of the members who are sponsoring the bills to see if there have been press releases or other statements issued about the bill
What do you think the bill's prospects are? Do you think it is likely to make it out of committee? if is does, do you think it will pass? Why or why not?