How a Bill Becomes a Law

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  • The Bill is created as an idea from anyone, written down, and introduced into congress with a sponsor, or someone to lead it through
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  • The Bill is sent to committee where it is discussed, debated, and voted on, if it passes with a simple majority, it is sent to the full house, if it is again gets a simple majority, it passes to the other part of congress
  • The same process then happens again, except this time it is in the other house, with committee and full house vote, it again needs to have a simple majority both times
  • If the Bill makes it through both Houses, then it is sent to the president, who has three options, Sign/Approve the bill, Veto the Bill, or Pocket Veto the Bill - not doing anything about it for ten days, if congress is still is session it is passed, if congress is out then it dies
  • If the Bill gets vetoed the Legislative Branch can overrule the veto by both houses having 2/3 (or more) in favor, if it is passed through after the president it is a law, but it still has one more stop, the Judicial Branch, the Judicial Branch has final say if it is constitutional or not, if not it dies, if it is is passes and becomes a law
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