How a bill becomes a law

How a bill becomes a law

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  • Introduction to the bill
  • The first step is the suggestion of the bill  that can come up from citizens or companies. A bill can start in either House, this means that a member of the senate can or the House of Representatives can bring a bill up in congress
  • The bill is assigned to a committee and reported to the floor 
  • The Senate and the House of Reps.  meet for discuss ways to improve the bill before voted on it, the committee can edit the bill and pass it on the floor or can kill the bill.  If the bill is passed it is send to the House of Congress for presentation and vote, the speaker determines which bills are dicussed and for how long 
  • The bill goes to the senate 
  • Once a bill is passed on the House of Reps. the bill is sent to the U.S. senate, committees make changes to the bill, the committee can 'report" the bill to the senate floor 
  • THe bill is voted on the senate 
  • The senators debate about either pass or ill the bill, if a senator doesn't want the bill to pass they can use a filibuster, if people are tired of a filibuster they can use a  "cloture" 
  • Both houses must pass the bill 
  • The bill is sent to the president and approved 
  • Just a simply majority in the houses is needed to pass the bill (51%), In the house 218 is needed to control the house and in the senate 51  senators needed to pass the bill
  • President can sign the bill if he wants it to become a law, President can veto or reject the bill, president can choose not act on the bill, if congress if  not in decision the bill dies after 10 days. If president vetoes the bill both houses can reconsider the bill, two thirds (67%) of both houses are needed to override president's veto, In the house: 369 is needed, in  the senate:69
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