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Law of the Land

Yisrael Rutman

A parliamentary democracy is a system in which the political party that has the most members in the parliament forms the government. The leader of that party becomes the prime minister. The word “parliament” comes from an old word meaning “talk.” Not surprising, since talking is what parliaments do. But the talking isn’t pleasant schmoozing, it has a purpose — to make laws.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Passing a law is a big job. It can take months or even years! The average time for a bill (proposed law) to be passed by the US Congress is 263 days. Why so long? Well, you have to get a majority of the lawmakers to agree on it (that must be tough). In the US House of Representatives, there are 435 members, so at least 218 must vote for it. And that’s only after the bill has been discussed and approved by committees and subcommittees, before they go on vacation for the summer, and maybe vote on it only when they come back…

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