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Old January 4, 2013, 12:25 AM   #298
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
Posts: 12,130
Listen up, little cherubs!

The 113th Congress met for the first time today. So far, no bills have been sponsored or introduced. How do I know this? Because it's right here on the internet.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a process to this. A bill is not a law until it has gone through the process. It is introduced, it is given a number and a title, and it gets heard by a committee. If the committee decides not to table it, it gets debated on the floor. Then it goes back for revision. Then it gets debated again. Then it goes back for revision. Then it gets debated again. This can go on for quite some time.

If it survives that far, the House and Senate have to agree on it. If there are differing amendments, it goes to a conference committee to hash them out. If that works, a conference report is written, which must again be endorsed by both the House and Senate.

Then and only then does it go to the President for a signature.

My point? This isn't all going to happen tomorrow, next week, or next month. You still have time to contact your elected officials.

Nothing concrete is out there yet, so all we can do is speculate. Keep an eye on that site for anything more substantial.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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