An idea for a bill is thought up by someone. Anyone can come up with a bill.
1. Idea for Law is Created
IS THAT MEAT I SEE!? I DON'T WANT TO SEE MEAT IN PUBLIC!!
The idea for the bill is given to a member of Congress, where it is written. If a Senator writes the bill, the bill is sent to a committee in the Senate and vice versa if written by a member of the House of Representatives.
2. The Idea is Brought to a Representative
3. Bill is Introduced to Committee
The bill is introduced to a committee in the Senate or House where members debate and amend the bill.
Senate Committee on Public Displays
4. The Bill Goes to Committee
Representatives or Senators meet in a small group to research, talk about, and make changes to the bill. They vote to accept or reject the bill and its changes.
5. Congress Debates and Votes
Members of the House or Senate now debate the bill and propose changes or amendments before voting. If the majority vote for and pass the bill, it moves to the other house to go through a similar process. Both houses have to agree on the same version of the final bill before it goes to the President.
6. Presidential Action
When the bill reaches the President, he or she can approve and pass the bill, veto it, choose no action, or pocket veto it.