Russell (left) and Bill (right) couldn't afford to participate in after school sports even though they really wanted to play on the basketball team. Then, they thought to themselves that students shouldn't have to pay to participate in after school sports. In that moment, they sent their idea to their elected official, so they could write a bill about their idea.
Congress Debates and Votes on the Bill
The primary sponsor introduces the bill to either house of Congress (House of Representatives or Senate). If the bill is introduced to the House of Representatives then the bill will be placed in a wooden box called the "hopper."
The bill is sent to a committee, where small groups of Senators or Representatives meet in small groups to talk about, research, and amend/make changes to the bill. Then, they will vote on the bill and decide to accept or reject the bill with it's changes. If the bill is passed, it will be debated by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
How A Bill Becomes A Law Storyboard
The members of the House of Representatives and the Senate debate whether they should pass the bill or not, and add additional changes to make the bill better. If majority of the members in one house votes to pass the bill, then the bill will go to the other house in Congress and the other house will debate and vote on the bill too. If that house votes to pass the bill, then both houses of Congress have to agree on the final version of the bill to be passed to the President.
The President can approve the bill, which makes it a law. Also, if the President doesn't do anything with the bill for ten days and Congress is in session, then the bill will become a law.