Definition Of Legislative Process

The legislative process is the sequence of steps required for laws to move through the system, from ideas to formally adopted legislation. Ideas for laws originate from members of Congress, who propose them as bills or resolutions. They then proceed through a sequence of committees, subcommittees, hearings, debates, and amendments. The underlying rationale for this process is an emphasis on the protection of the minority and allowing ample opportunity for all sides to be heard and make their views known. Congress considers thousands of bills each session. However, only a small percentage of them make it all the way through the process to the president’s desk for final approval or veto.