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  • What happens after a Bill is drafted?
  • Well, next it is introduced into the House and the Speaker sends it to be reviewed by a committee.
  • Isn't that where most of the Bills get denied? The committee has all those powers, right?
  • Yes, the committee is allowed to pigeonhole, table, amend, or vote on the bill. Then it is sent to the Rules Committee. There, the bill can be up for debate.
  • That's when they can add amendments, right?
  • Yes, and then they vote for the bill. This is called Floor Action. If the bill passes then it is sent to the Senate.
  • This process is repeated by the Senate, right?
  • Yes, it is introduced by a Senator. Then there is the Committee Action where if it is favorable the bill is called up.
  • Is that when the entire Senate can consider the bill, and debate about it?
  • Yes, and if the votes are in favor of the bill then it goes back to the House. Then starts the process of Conference Committee where the House can reject any changes to the bill.
  • Don't both the House and the Senate have to agree on the Bill?
  • That's right! It then goes to the president who can either approve, veto, or pocket veto the Bill. If he vetoes it, the House can override his decision by a 2/3 vote!
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