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  • First, a bill must pass both houses of congress by a majority vote. It is then sent along to the president for approval.
  • Professor Jones, how does a bill become a law?
  • Then it is called a veto. The bill then returns to congress where it is voted on again. If both houses pass by 2/3 majority, the the bill becomes a law without the presidents approval.
  • What happens if the president does not approve?
  • They are proposed by either the house of representatives or the senate. Joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions can be proposed by either the house or the senate. Bills that start in the house will have a designated H.R. plus a number while Senate gets an S plus a number.All appropriation bills start in the house.
  • What type of bills are proposed?
  • They are sent to a commitee on the house or the senate. They will then vote yes or no. If no, the bill is killed. If yes it is sent to the whole house or sebate depending where the bill started where they discuss and amend the bill/
  • Where is the bill sent after?
  • Correct! If that passes it goes to the Conference Committee where the final draft is written. The full congress will now vote on it.
  • So if it starts in the house it goes to the senate after and if it starts in the senate, it goes to the house after?
  • Well if Congress votes yes, it is sent to the President where he can choose to sign the bill. If he Vetos it, then Congress will vote again in hopes to get 2/3 majority. Then, regardless of what the president thinks, it is a law.
  • This is such a long process! Where does the President fit in all this?
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