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  • Bill Becomes Introduced: A bill is introduced, an idea for a law, and is placed in a box called "The Hopper" which is located at the side of the Clerk's desk in the House Chamber.
  • I am putting my bill into the Hopper!
  • Committee members change and revise and debate about the bill.
  • Committee Action: The bill then goes to the U.S. House of Representatives and is assigned to a committee.
  • Voting: Voting on the bill takes place. The vote must have majority (218 to 435). The U.S. House of Representatives vote through an electronic voting system.
  • Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time?
  • Senate Action: The bill moves to the Senate and is revised and debated. The senate votes through voice.
  • IN ORDER FOR THE BILL TO REACH THE PRESIDENT, IT MUST BE VOTED AND APPROVED BY BOTH LEGISLATURES. IF IT PASSES, THE BILL IS NOW CONSIDERED AT THE "ENROLLED" STAGE.
  • Returned to the House: The bill is returned to the House and noted of changes. If passed, moves to the President.
  • Presidential Action: The bill is received by the president. If the bill is signed then the bill becomes a law. If the president chooses to not sign the bill, it becomes veto. Lastly, the president has one more decision which the president may choose to sign the bill or not. In this case it is called a pocket veto and is returned to congress. If there is no recess from them, within ten days the bill becomes a law.
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