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Postpassage Resolution in Historical and Contemporary Context

Postpassage Resolution in Historical and Contemporary Context

Process, Procedures, and Controversies

Chapter:
(p.12) Chapter Two Postpassage Resolution in Historical and Contemporary Context
Source:
The Congressional Endgame
Author(s):
Josh M. Ryan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226582375.003.0002

Though many of the world's legislatures are bicameral in nature, the ways in which they change legislation is not well understood. This chapter begins with a review of the expected effects of bicameralism, and discusses the state of the literature on how the House and Senate resolve their differences. The chapter also introduces data on conference committees and the use of amendment trading to resolve differences, with a special focus on important legislation and appropriations legislation. There is no doubt that the use of bicameral bargaining in Congress has declined, though the current literature has little explanation for the reasons behind this reduction.

Keywords:   bicameralism, congressional history, conference committees, appropriations

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