Schoolhouse Rock, You Have Failed Me

Schoolhouse Rock left out the part where anyone can tack a completely unrelated amendment onto any bill.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve studied how the government works, and what the lawmaking process entails, but this has never made any kind of sense to me.  In fact, in the past few years, I’ve seen some damned good bills voted down because of unrelated amendments — ones that seemed to be tacked on at the last minute for the express purpose of keeping said bill from being passed.

Is there a good reason for allowing these things that I’m completely missing?  In what way is it better to add an unrelated amendment onto a bill rather than make it a bill of its own?

Anyone out there with better lawmaking knowledge who can explain the logic behind this to me, or point me to a good source so I can find out for myself?

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