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How does a bill go through Congress?
First, a representative sponsors a bill. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill.
What role does Congress have in amending the Constitution?
Congress must call a convention for proposing amendments upon application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the states (i.e., 34 of 50 states). Amendments proposed by Congress or convention become valid only when ratified by the legislatures of, or conventions in, three-fourths of the states (i.e., 38 of 50 states).
How does Congress represent the people?
Members of Congress represent the people of their district in the United States Congress by holding hearings, as well as developing and voting on legislation. All bills must pass Congress before they can go to the President to be signed into law.
Can Congress change the Constitution?
Amendments may be proposed either by the Congress, through a joint resolution passed by a two-thirds vote, or by a convention called by Congress in response to applications from two-thirds of the state legislatures.
What’s the best way to meet your congressman?
The Congressman and his staff are a lot more apt to push for a nomination of someone they have direct ties to or have been super impressed by. Arrange a meeting with the Congressman well beforehand and let them get to know you. A face with a name is so much more helpful.
Is it possible for Congress to be helpful?
Besides write a bill you might support, I mean. I’m going to let you in on a little secret… those Congressional offices can be really useful to you. Yes, you. No matter who you voted for, or whether you voted at all, Congress can actually be helpful. Or at least their staff can be.
What to do if you need help with a federal case?
Just call your congressman’s district office and ask to speak with the caseworker in charge of whatever federal agency you need assistance with. They can’t guarantee a favorable outcome but if they’re doing their job they should at least be able to get you some answers a whole lot quicker than you could on your own.
Is there a congressional office in my district?
Chances are, there’s a district congressional office near you, too. And if you need help with something related to the federal government, want tickets or tours to something in D.C., it’s helpful to know what these offices can do for you. You never know when it might come in handy.