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US MGM Bill Status

 

 

The chart below indicates the current status of the U.S. MGM Bill proposal and briefly details the major phases of the federal legislative process.

 

 

Phase 1: Submission

 

The first step in the legislative process is to submit a formal bill proposal to Congress to attract a sponsor. In 2014, this task was completed on January 11th, when the U.S. MGM Bill proposal was faxed, emailed, or mailed to each individual member of the House and Senate in Washington, DC.

 

This is the current stage of the MGM Bill, where we are searching for a legislative sponsor.

 

       

 

 

Phase 2: Sponsorship and Introduction

 

 

If one or more sponsors are found, the sponsoring member(s) will introduce the bill to their chamber of Congress, where it will be assigned a legislative number for tracking. Only members of Congress may sponsor a bill.

 

 

Phase 3: Referral to Committee(s) and Subcommittee(s)

 

 

The bill will then be referred to one or more committees and/or subcommittees for consideration. The committee phase is where most of the work gets done. During this phase, committee members will evaluate the MGM Bill by researching current facts and opinions on male circumcision. If the bill is deemed important enough, public hearings may be held to request testimony from doctors, intactivists, legal experts, and religious officials.

 

At the end of the investigation, the bill language will be reviewed and possibly "marked up" (amended) through deliberation. The bill will then be voted on by all members of the subcommittee (or committee) and, if passed, will be reported to the full committee for a committee wide review and final vote.

 

 

Phase 4: House and Senate Floor Vote

 

 

If the bill is passed by the full committee(s), it will then be sent to the chamber floor for deliberation, possible amendment, and a simple majority vote. If voted up, it then passes to the other chamber (ie: the Senate) for a similar deliberation and vote. If differing versions of the same bill are passed by each chamber, then both versions of the bill may be referred to a Conference Committee where compromise language will be crafted so that a single bill can be sent back to the House and Senate floor for a another vote.

 

 

Phase 5: Presidential Signature

 

 

 

If the bill passes both the House and the Senate, it will be delivered to the President for his signature. If the President vetoes or pocket vetoes the bill, Congress may override the veto with a 2/3 majority vote.

 

 

Phase 6: Enactment, Implementation, and Enforcement

 

 

It the MGM Bill is signed by the President, it will become law on the date specified in the bill. The responsibility of enforcing and carrying out the directives of the law then falls to the Executive Branch. In this final stage, intactivist groups will work closely with key agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ensure that the directives of the law are carried out as Congress intended.

 

 

       

 

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