Enacted / Enacted into Law
Once legislation has passed both chambers of Congress in identical form, been signed into law by the President, become law without his signature, or passed over his veto, the legislation is enacted.
Legislation to be enacted into law must pass in identical form both the House and Senate and be signed by the president. Some measures must be introduced in several Congresses before sufficient political support is generated for them to be enacted into law. Other measures authorize programs for several years, and Congress does not need to consider another authorization bill until the end of that period.
A Federal Sunset Law 11-12-11
Also see Bills; Congress by the Numbers; Enacting Clause; Override of a Veto; Presidential Signature; Statutes at Large; U.S. Code; Veto; § 5.33 Résumé of Congressional Activity, § 6.01 Legislative Process Flowchart, § 6.290 Presidential Action on Enacted Measures, in Congressional Deskbook.
- Legislative Process Flowchart
- “Enactment of a Law,” by Robert B. Dove, Senate Parliamentarian, February 1997 (28-page PDF)
- “The Congressional Review Act: Determining Which ‘Rules’ Must Be Submitted to Congress,” CRS Report R45248 (49-page PDF)
- “From Slip Law to United States Code: A Guide to Federal Statutes for Congressional Staff,” CRS Report R45190 (17-page PDF)
- Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop
- Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments
- Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing
- Custom, On-Site Training
- Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD
- Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking Series, a Nine-Course series on CD
Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide
Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates
CongressionalGlossary.com, from TheCapitol.Net
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