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About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4227, Lobbying: How Congress Works, Part 21
Today's podcast explains the practice of lobbying and the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4226, How Constituents Contribute to Legislation: How Congress Works, Part 20
Constituents, the people represented by an elected official, are valuable sources of ideas for legislation. Constituents influence legislation by responding to opinion polls and contacting members of Congress, among other methods. Lobbying is another method of trying to affect legislation. These are typically organized efforts to influence legislators and other public officials to propose or modify legislation or regulations.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4225, The Executive Branch as a Source of Legislation: How Congress Works, Part 19
Congress and the executive branch normally work closely together in creating legislation. The president will often lay out his or her legislative agenda in the State of the Union address. Executive agencies also regularly provide legislative proposals.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4224, Ideas for Legislation: How Congress Works, Part 18
Members of Congress have many reasons for initiating legislation, including in response to problems and promises made to constituents. The Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office provide information that inform legislation.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4223, Congress and Individual Rights: How Congress Works, Part 17
Today we learn about the role of Congress in protecting individual rights.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4222, Persistence and Compromise Is the Key to Lawmaking: How Congress Works, Part 16
It's tough work getting a bill through Congress. At each stage there is a need to gain support of the majority, whether it is in a committee or in the House or Senate chambers. The bill must also normally have the support of the president.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4221, How a Bill Becomes a Law: How Congress Works, Part 15
What happens when the House and Senate versions differ? Find out on today's podcast.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4220, The Committee Vote: How Congress Works, Part 14
Bills proposed in Congress usually go to a committee, which then modifies the bill and makes recommendations for amendments, if needed. The bill might receive a floor vote, then goes to a committee in the other chamber before possible amendment and another vote.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4219, Mark-up Sessions: How Congress Works, Part 13
How do congressional committees work? Find out on today's podcast.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4218, Bills and Resolutions: How Congress Works, Part 12
Before it can become a law, a bill has to introduced by the House or the Senate. Revenue bills must originate in the House. The bill then gets assigned to one or more committees, which will then hold hearings. These are usually open to the public. Experts present testimony so that members of Congress can evaluate the merits of the bill.

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