|Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 8):|
Quoting DL021 (Reply 1):
The House interacts with the Senate in Committee when compromising on Bills or hosting joint sessions of congress. Congressmen serve for 2 years.
The correct title for people in the house is Representative. Congress is both bodies (the senate and the house).
Congressman or Congresswoman are both accepted terms for Representatives. As a matter of fact if you were to address your local Representative formally it would be as Congressman or Congresswoman. Lots of arcane crap goes into protocol....for instance the mayor is referred to as his/her honor.
|Quoting Pope (Reply 7):|
If you look at any number of polls, most Americans are very unhappy with Congress, but simultaneously happy with their Congressman.
Just like lawyers...you despise every one of them but yours.
....I was incorrect earlier as pointed out by Alireza.....bills can be introduced in the Senate. They are more frequently introduced in the House, however, as the Senate has other obligations such as treaty review and advisement & consent on appointments to office by the Executive.
Bills are prefixed with H.R. when introduced in the House and S. when introduced in the Senate, and they are followed by a number based on the order in which they are introduced. The vast majority of legislative proposals are in the form of bills. Bills deal with domestic and foreign issues and programs, and they also appropriate money to various government agencies and programs.
Public bills pertain to matters that affect the general public or classes of citizens, while private bills affect just certain individuals and organizations.
A private bill provides benefits to specified individuals (including corporate bodies). Individuals sometimes request relief through private legislation when administrative or legal remedies are exhausted. Many private bills deal with immigration–granting citizenship or permanent residency. Private bills may also be introduced for individuals who have claims again the government, veterans benefits claims, claims for military decorations, or taxation problems. The title of a private bill usually begins with the phrase, "For the relief of. . . ." If a private bill is passed in identical form by both houses of Congress and is signed by the President, it becomes a private law.
When bills are passed in identical form by both Chambers of Congress and signed by the President (or repassed by Congress over a Presidential veto), they become laws.
Here's the House version of how things work
Here's a flow chart published by the US Senate http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/legprocessflowchart.pdf
Plenty of great stuff that I read about, some I remembered and a couple of things seem new (to me at least), and then I used my newly refreshed knowledge to trip up an aide to our local congresswoman last night. Refreshing ones knowledge about things can sometimes come in very handy!