Original Bill (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Original Bill

the originals, by Monika Bota

the originals, by Monika Bota

A bill drafted by a committee and introduced by its chair when the committee reports the measure back to its chamber. It is not referred back to the committee after introduction. The Senate allows all committees to report original bills; the House generally allows only the Appropriations Committee to do so.

It is introduced by the committee or subcommittee chairman after the committee votes to report it, and it is placed directly on the Senate’s Calendar of Business. Allowing a full-text substitute to be considered as an original bill is usually done to permit second-degree amendments to be offered.

A Senate committee may report an original bill that embodies a text agreed to in markup. This new bill is given its own number when it is reported or called up or at another time after committee action has been completed. Reporting an original bill avoids separate floor votes on the changes adopted in markup.

Also see Bills; Marking Up A Bill; Markup; § 6.11 Legislation Glossary, § 6.220 Senate Amendment Procedure, in Congressional Deskbook.



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