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What Is a Bill?


A bill is a piece of legislation that is passed through Congress and voted on. Bills are introduced in the House by putting a piece of paper in a wooden box called a hopper while in the Senate the bill is placed on the desk of a presiding Senator. Then the House Clerk’s office gives the bill an assigned number, adding the committees of referral, then processing the paper as well as electronic versions. The bill then becomes available online as well. Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

We are currently in the 115th Congress, second edition. I hope to serve in Congress someday, doing what, maybe as a Senator. Resolutions are limited to Congress, while bills must require the approval of the President. Memory is a website with historical data on former Congresses. There are four types of legislation, bills, joint resolution, concurrent resolution, and simple resolution. Bills describe public interest or private interest.  It would seem that both the Senate and the House need a resolution submitted. Ratification requires three-quarters of the States. “S. Con. Res,” or concurrent resolution, is what both chambers desire when dealing with issues that affect both compartments.

To impeach the current administration, both the Senate and the House has to pass a bill into the legislature. I don’t see why they haven’t done this yet when they need to. Simple resolution, also called “S.Res” is an internal affair to create a special committee but doesn’t require action by the House of Representatives. Sometimes I wonder if enough average people know how our government works, which is my main motivation for writing this article. For those of us who want to serve in the legislature someday, all I can say is start with your state, and work your way up.

The Senator for California is Dianne Feinstein. I’m out for her job someday. The other Senator is Kamala Harris, who belongs in the race in 2020. Each Senator has committees to join. Student politics works the same way. The Senate does have a downside though, and that is the use of a filibuster to block any new action. The filibuster requires 60 votes to get anything passed if one party dominates. This is why I advocate getting rid of the two-party system altogether. This leaves opinions unclouded by what the social scene demands an opinion ought to be. Parties have platforms that cloud judgment when a senator or representative ought to be objective.

If we have one majority leader, it seems to me that we cannot get much done with that. Why is there a need for a majority or minority? What happened to working together for the greater good? I find it disturbing that there are political parties altogether that brainwash people into how they are supposed to vote when they should be voting with their conscience, to begin with. Voting is not an easy task that ought to be taken lightly. It needs to be done with thought, not flippancy. Many people today just vote without thinking about it. I didn’t vote for governor in the midterms this year. I have heard way too many stories about Gavin Newsom for example that made me unsure. I suppose people are willing to make things up. I knew he’d win governor. I almost voted Republican, I came close, and I consider myself an Independent more to the left, more of a centrist. Like I said, I hope UCLA finds this or any other law school I will attempt to apply to in the next four years since I’m stuck in San Jose while earning my certificate in technical writing, my MFA and a minor in journalism, and a paralegal A.A.

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