Enactment of a Law
House Committee Consideration
Senate bills and resolutions when messaged to the House may be referred
by the Speaker to the appropriate House committee, just as he refers all
bills and resolutions introduced in the House. If referred, they are processed
in much the same fashion as in the Senate--that is, endorsed for reference,
recorded in the Journal, listed in the Congressional Record, and
printed by the Government Printing Office for distribution. House committees,
like Senate committees, have committee calendars of business and regular
meeting days (but may also meet on the call of their chairman) for the
consideration of business pending before them.
The procedure of House committees in considering and reporting bills
also is much the same as that of the Senate committees; for example, they
too have standing subcommittees and ad hoc subcommittees. In contrast to
the Senate, however, House rules allow the Speaker, under some circumstances,
to refer a bill to two or more committees in sequence, or to refer parts
of the same bill to different committees, when more than one committee
has jurisdiction over the subject matter contained in the bill.
After all House committees having jurisdiction have concluded consideration
of a bill, it may be reported to the House with or without amendments.
A written report accompanies each reported measure. When reported from
committee, a bill is placed on the Union or House Calendar, if a public
bill, or on the Private Calendar. The House also has a Corrections Calendar,
on which are placed bills that are expected to enjoy considerably more
than majority support on the floor, and a calendar of motions to discharge
committees from further consideration of bills referred to them.
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