How long is it before an unargued bill dies?

I am particularly concerned about the PROSPER Act that is intended to completely replace the student loan program. However, this bill has been sitting inactive for nearly 2 years now. How long is before a bill dies?

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    8 months ago
    Favourite answer

    A Congress lasts two years, because there are elections for the whole House and a third of the Senate every two years, so after any election, you have a new Congress that starts on 3 January after the November election.  As it is a new Congress, it can't do the business of the previous Congress.  So any Bill that has not completed its passage by then is dead.  If the new Congress still wants this Bill, it has to be introduced afresh.

    This one was introduced in 2017 and died on 3 January 2019 when the new Congress started.  And it wasn't the current Congress as far as I can see.

    So essentially, you've got two years or less to get a new law, and if it's going to be a controversial one, you want it introduced in January after an election so it has maximum time to get through.  This one was introduced in January 2017 but even so, as you know, it got no further than debate in committee.

    Just out of interest, I'm British, a term of our Parliament lasts a maximum of 5 years, but it runs on annual sessions - at least they're supposed to be annual - and all Bills drop at the end of a session.  But the government has control of the agenda, so it can make sure its Bills get debated.  And as the next session is still the same Parliament, it's possible for Parliament to pass a carry-over motion so a long and complex Bill stays alive into the next session.  This happens from time to time.

    But just like the USA, once there is a general election, there's going to be a new Parliament, no doubt with some new members, and there cannot be a carry-over.  Which has the interesting effect that as it is possible to have an almost instant election (as we will have next week), once that is announced, there is a mad "wash-up" period to try and get through as much as possible, though inevitably a lot of Bills will just lapse and die.  This doesn't happen with Congress because elections are timetabled in advance and can't be moved.

  • 8 months ago

    If it was introduced in the previous Congress, which ended December 31 2018, it died on December 31, 2018.  A new bill would need to be introduced in the current Congress, and for it to become law it has to pass both House and Senate and the president sign it. If that does not take place by December 31, 2020, it will die once again.

  • 8 months ago

    All bills expire at the end of the congressional term (roughly New Years Eve on even numbered years).

    Any bill introduced in one congress will need to be introduced again when the next congress convenes. If a bill passes one house, but not the other, it too will have to start all over again with the new congress.

    Lots of times members of congress will introduce bills knowing they have little to no chance of seeing the light of day, just so they can go back to their constituent and claim they're working to do something about some perceived problem.

  • 8 months ago

    The collections agents have tracked you down , huh ?

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  • david
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    If no action is taken, the bill expires when the term of the members of the house expires.  Any bill that is considered but not voted on from Jan 2017 thru Jan 2019 expired Jan 2019 when the new members of congress were sworn in. --- Inactivity started about 2 years ago so the bill is already dead.  It must be re-submitted for any new consideration.

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