View Full Version : Is this the correct Procedure for getting a House Bill passes in the Senate?

09-23-2013, 07:51 PM
Using the Current House Bill that funds the Government but not Obamacare.

What is the correct procedure?

I think the procedure is the following but I have heard a few things on the News that are making be question the procedure.
1. The Senate Leader will assign it to a committee.
2. The committee will change the bill to what the Senate thinks it should include or not include.
3. The committee will vote to take the Senate version of the bill to the floor of the Senate. (51% vote)
4. The Senate Floor will debate the bill and will need 60 votes for Cloture.
5. Then the entire Senate will vote on the bill requiring 51 votes (or 50 and then the VP will vote to break a tie)
6. If the 2 bills are different then the House and the Senate will have a conference and work out a joint bill for both to vote on.

Thanks in advance.

09-23-2013, 07:57 PM
Could you correct your spelling/grammar in the title?

Or just stop bothering us?

09-23-2013, 08:45 PM

About 2/3rds of the way down and you get to the Senate procedures and how they like to act by "unanimous consent."

Nicholas Carey
09-23-2013, 08:58 PM
That's [roughly] the procedure for a bill getting into law.

- One House passes a bill according to its own Rules and Procedures.

- It then gets sent to the other House for its consideration, where... - It gets thrown into the hopper, and - Gets masticated according to the a rules and Procedures of that House.

- If it passes that House, unless the text, as passed in each House, is identical (unlikely), a conference committee is formed. There are rules regarding the composition of the Conference committee, natch.

- The conference committee meets and hashes out the differences. The important thing to note here is that no text of any substance may be introduced into the compromise bill that does exist in one House's version or the other. Text may be elided, but new text may not be added.

- The work product of the conference committee then goes to each house for general debate and vote, according to their own Rules and Procedures. No amendments are permitted.

- If both houses pass the compromise bill, it goes to the desk of the President, who may either (A) sign it into Law, (B) explicitly veto it, sending it back to the Congress with a list of his issues with it, ... or (C) he can let it sit in his in-box until the current Congress expires — the pocket veto.

09-23-2013, 09:39 PM
About the only long term way to insure a House bill passes the Senate would be to break the Party of No. Which works for me.

09-23-2013, 10:10 PM
For at least twenty years, they've mostly been making it up as they go along. They don't need rules.