how a bill becomes a law

how a bill becomes a law
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  • I think we need more traffic lights in this town I think i'll contact congress
  • Members of the House or Senate draft, sponsor and introduce bills for consideration by Congress. 
  • Most of the time the committees send the bill to a subcommittee. They will usually revise or mark up the bill and make a recommendation to either pass the bill, release the bill, or table the bill. 
  • Yes! Traffic lights! 
  • The bill is then returned to the House or Senate for further debate and approval. They will add additional text and alter the bill. Then the House and Senate will vote on the proposed bill. 
  • Floor Action/Vote
  • No! Traffic lights!
  • A bill must be approved by both Chambers of Congress. When the Senate amends and agrees to a bill or a version of a bill that the House has already passed or when the House amends and passes a Senate bill or a version of a Senate bill, the two Chambers may begin to resolve any legislative differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill by way of a conference committee.
  • Conference Committees  
  • After the bill is passed by both Chambers it is sent to the President for his approval or his signature, which if granted creates a Public Law. When a President comments on and refuses to sign a bill it is known as a veto.
  • Presidential Action 
  • The creation of a Law 
  • Laws are issued first in slip form or a single publication containing one law. Later it is organized in the order in which it was passed. Finally, it is codified into subject order so that all laws on the same topic fall together.
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