How a Bill Becomes a Law

How a Bill Becomes a Law
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  • Bill
  •  Bill is Drafted: Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and even citizens can draft a bill.
  • Bill
  • House Committee Action: Representative introduces the bill in the House. Only members can introduce bills. The Speaker of the House sends the bill to a committee. If bill passes, it goes to Rules Committee, which decides the rules for debate, and when the bill will come up for debate
  • Floor Action: House debates the bill, and may add amendments. If a majority votes in favor of the bill, it goes to the Senate.
  • Revised Bill
  • Senate Committee Action: Same procedure as in the House. A Senator introduces the bill, which is sent to a committee. If the committee majority votes for the bill, it goes to the whole Senate.
  • Floor Action: The Bill is debated, and amendments may be added. If a majority votes in favor of the bill, it is returned to the House.
  • Conference Committee: If the House rejects any of the changes, the bill goes to a conference committee of members from both houses. It works out a compromise. Both houses must approve changes made by the conference committee. If approved, the bill goes to the president.
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