Dear Representative Aloria, I am writing to you because of a drunk driving incident, I believe that their should be a law saying that the allowed alcohol consumption before driving is 0.00. - From a Concerned Citizen
That is a good idea
It's a good idea
Majority agrees to pass it, without amendments.
I don't know about this...
What if we add amendments?
Anyone can write a bill, in this a concerned citizen wrote to their representative (who is shown above) addressing what they believe should be a law. The representative agrees.
I vote No
We do need to make a small amendment.
We vote YES!!
The representative than introduces the bill to congress. The bill has passed to the next stage.
We agree with the amendment made by the house.
The bill is then sent to a committee, in this the bill is sent to the committee of transportation. They research the affects the bill could have and then decide whether they should amend the bill, deny it, or pass it. In this they pass it without amending it.
This bill has become a law.
The bill then goes to the house of representatives, they have a debate where anyone can take part of, and decide on if it should be a law or not. Then it moves on to the senate, the same process occurs. In this majority of both chambers vote yes but the house has added an amendment.
Since the house made an amendment and the senate did not it moves to a conference committee where they talk about the bill until everyone agrees on one uniform bill. In this everyone agreed with the house's amendment.
Next once the bill has been agreed upon, it is rewritten with all the amendments and then it is sent to the president, the president can either approve or deny (veto) the bill. In this he agrees and signs the bill, making it a law.