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Chapter Assessment Internet Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

Alternative Assessment

Use the Web sites below to learn more about how bills become law. Because of the process by which bills become laws, problems may occur when the president and a majority of members of Congress are from different political parties. Using the Internet, research bills that were proposed by the president but became stalled in Congress because of party differences. Then divide into groups and do the activity.

Cooperative Learning Activity Have each group research a different bill. Try to follow the debate and see how party differences affected the discussion. Did the bill pass and become law? Present your findings to the class.

Enactment of Law http://thomas.loc.gov/ home/ enactment/ enactlawtoc.html
U.S. Senate perspective on the the federal legislative process.

Legislation Information Resources http://www.library.unr.edu/ depts/ bgic/ guides/ government/ fed/ leghist.html
University of Nevada Web site providing links to government and non-government resources on federal legislation.

Thomas—Legislative Information on the Internet http://thomas.loc.gov/ home/ thomas.html
Catalogue of bills and their status from the Library of Congress.

How Laws are Made http://thomas.loc.gov/ home/ lawsmade.toc.html
Article by the parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, explaining the ins and outs of the federal legislative process.