How a Bill Becomes a Law

How a Bill Becomes a Law
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  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • By Diana Murtaugh, Period 5
  • I agree. Swimming's fun!
  • Kids in coastal areas need to know how to swim, and yet a lot don't. Congress should do something about that. Maybe they could make a law requiring kids in coastal regions to take swim lessons!
  • Coastal regions swimming Bill 
  • I absolutely love this idea. I think I'll make in into a bill and introduce it to Cogress!
  • How a Bill becomes a Law: By Diana Murtaugh, Period 5
  • How close to the water does "the coast" mean?
  • How about less than 5 miles away?
  • First, a constituent gets an idea and asks his representative about it.
  • How will kids receive the swim lessons?
  • Their schools could provide them. 
  • But what if the schools don't have pools?*
  • The Representative likes the idea, and decides to write a bill. 
  • Consider it signed!
  • Committees in the House of Representative debate the bill and make changes to it. They vote on whether it should be passed or not.
  • If the majority of the House votes "yea" on the bill, than the bill goes to the Senate to be debated. The may add to it and/or make changes, and then vote on the bill.
  • Finally, the bill goes to the President. If he/she signs it, then the bill becomes law. If he/she vetoes it,the bill does not become law. However, the veto can be overruled if two-thirds of Congress votes in favor of the bill passing.
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