How a Bill Becomes a Law

How a Bill Becomes a Law
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  • Bill
  • Bill
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  • In my personal experience, the requirements of pay on leave is very blurry. There have been times where I have received pay and sometimes where I have been refused it. 
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  • "Report Favorably!"
  • The inception of a bill can originate from anyone, including private citizens. This citizen proposes a bill that regulates annual leave and the amount of pay that is received during that leave.
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  • This bill should not be passed!
  • *Cloture Vote!*
  • "Vote Yea!"
  • SENATE
  • This bill should be passed!
  • *Fillibuster*
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  • On the House Calendar is the bill on paid leave.
  • Under one hour limit.
  • This bill should be passed!
  • HOUSE OF REP
  • If you vote for this, I'll vote for your bill.
  • This bill should not be passed!
  • The bill is introduced to the Senate through a formal reading. It is then given to a clerk and referred to a committee. If the bill were introduced in the House, it would be dropped in the hopper and referred to a committee by the Speaker of the House.
  • The Senate thinks that the bill needs to specify conditions of type of leave.
  • Everything is agreed upon, looks like both chambers agree to pass the bill on to the President.
  • The House disagrees with how the Senate structures the amount of moneny given for leave. 
  • When the committee works on the bill, experts testify and the committee marks up the bill. They have decided to report favorably on this bill. 
  • I am signing this bill into a law!
  • The floor is holding a debate. The majority and minority leaders work to make sure their party's position is heard. Looks like there's filibuster in the Senate and logrolling happening in the House. Luckily no one tabled the bill.  
  • "Vote Yea!"
  • The Conference Committee revises and works out the differences in the bill and both chambers vote. Now it is up to the president to sign the bill into a law. 
  • The president passed the bill. Now it is a law. If he vetoed it, Congress can override the veto by a two-thirds vote. With this session of Congress ending in less than ten days, thankfully the president did not pocket veto it. Now paid leave is clearly defined for citizens. 
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