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How a Bill becomes a Law
Updated: 1/27/2020
How a Bill becomes a Law
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  • Step 1: Introduction of the Bill
  • Why don't we make a bill that raises the pay for people that work overtime!
  • I wish...
  • That's actually a really good idea!
  • Workers already get paid enough! Why should we add more?!
  • Step 2: The bill is assigned to a committee
  • Can we please make a decision people?
  • Pay raises to people who work overtime
  • Do we want to add amendments to this bill?
  • The additional money should only be a certain amount if we pass this bill...
  • Step 3: The bill is reported to the floor & is debated and voted on in the House.
  • We should, in turn, pass this bill.
  • House of Representatives
  • Raises the pay for people that work overtime
  • This bill should pass...
  • This is the bill we'll be discussing today...
  • The bill is introduced by the citizens and sent to Congress, where a reprsentative can introduce the bill and begin the process in how a bill becomes a law.
  • Step 4: The bill goes to the Senate and debated and voted on.
  • Raises the pay for people that work overtime
  • I would like to represent this bill and say that we should vote for this...
  • Senate
  • House and Senate meet to discuss amendments to the bill and improve it before it is voted on and sent further through the process.
  • Step 5: Both Houses must pass the bill.
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • When the bill is passed through the committee, it's sent to the whole House of Congress for presentation and vote. The vote is then done electronically in the House; a role call vote.
  • Step 6: The bill is sent to the President and becomes a law.
  • Once the bill is passed through the House of Representatives, it is sent to the Senate to be discussed and voted on in the Senate.
  • Maybe... but I still need the details
  • Got my vote!
  • We'll be discussing in the Senate this bill
  • The majority in both houses need to pass the bill (51%). Both houses vote to decide whether or not the bill is passed.
  • PASSED!
  • PASSED!
  • The bill is sent to the President and signed if approved, and the bill becomes a law.
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