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  • IDEA! Let's try and create a law to keep the United States a little safer for everyone!
  • Committee 
  • The Bill process begins with an idea to help the United States. Anyone can think of an idea and send it to an elected officer. From there it go's to be written into a bill, to try to make it a law. Also Congress can write or draw up bills and try and pass them. 
  • Next the Representative or Senate of ones state would introduce the bill to congress. Then they would introduce it to the House, but only members of the House can introduce the bill to Congress. In order for the bill to pass it has to get 238 or more votes from both side, Senate and the House of Representatives, which is rare. The Speaker of that house sends the bill to a committee. 
  • Today we will be discussing the new bill, that came to our attention. 
  • Please pass!! Please Pass!!!!
  • After being introduced the bill then goes to committees, this stage is where most bills die. The Representative or Senator meets and improves the bill and talks about it, to make sure it will pass. The committee can pick to either pigeonhole, table, amend, or vote on the bill. If it passes, it is sent to the Rules Committee to be debated and researched. 
  • Veto Pass Pocket Veto
  • I don't know what to do! THINK! THINK!
  • The House or Senate floor debates for a subcommittee for more research on the bill. If a majority vote passes, the bill then moves to the other House or a similar process.  In order for the bill to advance to the President, both he House and the Senate have to agree on the same version of the bill.
  • Senate
  • House
  • Once both the Senate and the House agree on accepting the bill, they must work out all the differences between the two updates bills, that they passed. The Senate and the House vote on the same bill, and if it passes they can introduce the bill to the president. If any house rejects any changes the bill gets sent to a conference committee and they work out a conpromise. 
  • House 
  • Senate
  • Once they introduce the bill to the president, the president considers the bill. The president can also approve the bill and sign it or veto the bill. If he or she veto's the bill then they return it to the Houses and they can vote to override the veto and the bill can eventually become a law. The president can also pocket veto, which means to not veto or pass the bill.
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