The senators and representatives who make up the legislative branch each have different agendas, priorities, and policy initiatives that they wish to usher through the public policy process. It is clearly not easy for any one member of Congress to have laws enacted to suit all of his or her policy priorities. In fact, very few bills proposed in either the House or the Senate ever become law. This week’s Learning resources help explain just why a fraction of these proposed bills are actually enacted. Therefore, the prioritization of public policy is an extremely important part of the inner workings of the legislative branch.

The process by which those priorities are organized is often the result of compromise, conflict, and outside pressure both from the president and rulings from the federal courts. The entire process is fascinating, not only in the development of a national policy agenda, but also in learning how the legislative branch is able to promulgate laws in that area.

Select a recent public policy issue that was either blocked or promulgated by the legislative branch and think about the controversial aspects of the issue. Consider why the legislative branch decided to block or promulgate the public policy issue you selected.

The Assignment:

Write a 4-page double-spaced paper in which you do the following:

  • Describe a recent public policy issue where the legislative branch demonstrated its ability to block or promulgate a public policy.
  • Briefly explain the roles, responsibilities, and functions of the legislative branch that allow for the promulgation or blockage of the specific policy you selected.
  • Explain what the legislative branch did to either block or promulgate the policy and why.
  • Include three additional scholarly resources published in the last three years, in addition to citing this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Cite all resources in APA format.