July 25, 2019Policy Report

How to Write and Pass a Bill in Congress: A Primer on Bipartisan Negotiations

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In recent years, the number of laws passed by Congress has decreased, while partisan rhetoric and rancor have increased. Yet the American people expect their representatives to address their most pressing needs. This policy brief, developed by Results for America and the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, outlines key ways that Congressional staff can help break the partisan logjam, engage in productive negotiations, and write and pass laws that tackle the biggest challenges facing our nation. The brief lays out both the what – practical steps for drafting legislation – and the how – productively working with the other party.