Making Laws

Compromise Required!

Remember how both large and small states wanted to make sure they had a voice in making laws? Well, the lawmaking process guarantees that they will! Here’s how: The same bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate to become a law. 

You can imagine that with 435 House members and 100 Senators, there are a lot of different opinions about how problems should be solved. That's why the one thing a bill almost always needs before it can become a law… is compromise! If you’re thinking that sounds difficult, you’re right. But without compromise among our lawmakers, our country couldn’t function.

Follow the link and read about the October 2013 partial government shutdown. (Yep, that means the government partly shut down!) Congress was having a major compromise problem.

Response Question: 
  • When the government first shut down, what were lawmakers having trouble reaching an agreement about? 
  • What were the two main reasons that led to the government shutdown?
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