How a Bill Becomes a Law

How a Bill Becomes a Law
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  • Here in the House of Representatives, the bill will be voted on. If it receives a majority vote, it will be passed on to the senate.
  • Now that the bill is passed on to the senate, senators will vote on it, and if it gets a majority vote then it will be passed on to the president to be signed.
  • While in the senate, since there is unlimited debate time, senators are allowed to filibuster, or delay the voting of a bill until the senate goes out of session. This is done by talking or giving a "speech" that doesn't need to be related to the actual bill.
  • Fortunately, a filibuster can be stopped by a cloture motion, where a majority vote is needed to bring the bill directly to vote. Alternatively, a bill can be tabled, or set aside to be debated and voted on at a later date.
  • Here in the White house, the president has the ability to either sign the bill, veto it officially, or use a pocket veto where he doesn't sign or return it until congress is out of session. If the president does sign the bill, then it will officially become a law.
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