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What's a Markup? Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries. A Fact Sheet

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 17-Feb-2011
Updated: 03-Jan-2015 02:40 PM

Note:  A newer version of this fact sheet is available dated January 3, 2015, but we are keeping the link to this older version for historical purposes.

Ever wonder what a congressional "markup" is and why you should be interested when one is being held? Our new fact sheet, "What's a Markup?: Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries ," is an easy to read introduction to the lexicon of Congress and the making of legislation. It offers a general overview of the typical path that legislation follows, but is not a comprehensive guide. The Senate and the House of Representatives have links on their home pages to scholarly reports on how our laws are made for those who require a detailed understanding. Ours is for those who just need the basics. A fresh coat of paint was put on this fact sheet in February 2011.

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