How A Bill Becomes A Law

How A Bill Becomes A Law
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  • How A Bill Becomes A Law
  • The first step of a bill becoming a law is the introduction, or proposal, of the bill.
  • Step 1: Introduction of the bill
  • A bill can start in either house. If it starts in the senate, its given a name that begins with the letter S. If it starts in the House of Representatives
  • Citizens or people from companies can try to bring it up in Congress, but only an actual member of Congress can introduce the bill.
  • 1, they can mark up, or edit, the bill so it is able to pass
  • Step 2: The bill is assigned to a committee
  • Both the Senate and the House have committees
  • Or 2, they can pigeon hole, or kill, the bill in the committee
  • The bill is given to a committee, an they are able to do two main things with it.
  • Step 3: The bill is reported to the floor
  • If a committee passes the bill, it goes to the whole house of congress for presentation
  • Step 4: The bill is debated and voted on in the house
  • If the bill passes through the whole house of congress, it is sent to the house of representatives to be voted on.
  • If the bill gets passed in the House of Representatives it is sent to the Senate. Some committees make changes to the bill as well.
  • Step 5: The bill goes to the Senate
  • Step 6: The bill is debated and voted on in the Senate
  • The Senate tries to convince the people to either kill or pass the bill through speeches and debates.
  • The Senate also votes on the bill. Senators have the power to delay the voting if they dont really want it to pass.
  • This means that each house needs at least 51% of the people for the bill
  • Step 7: Both houses must pass the bill
  • A majority in both houses is needed to pass the bill.
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  • Step 8: The bill is sent to the president and becomes a law
  • The president can veto the bill if he doesn't want it to become a law.
  • If he does this, both houses can still reconsider it by voting on it and getting 67% of the people for it.
  • The president can sign the bill if he wants it to become a law
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