How a bill is made DAvid and Andrew
The process behind the scenes of congress (passing a bill)
The bill is proposed
The bill is introduced
Bill goes to the committee
The bill is voted on by the House of Representatives.
When a bill reaches the U.S. Senate, it goes through many of the same steps it went through in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is discussed in a Senate committee and then reported to the Senate floor to be voted on.
Senators vote by voice. Those who support the bill say “yea,” and those who oppose it say “nay.” If a majority of the Senators say “yea,” the bill passes in the U.S. Senate and is ready to go to the President.
The bill is then sent to the President of the United States
When a bill reaches the President, he has three choices. He can:
- Sign and pass the bill then the bill becomes a law.
- Refuse to sign, or veto, the bill then the bill is sent back to the House of Representatives, along with the President’s reasons for the veto. If the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate still believe the bill should become a law, they can hold another vote on the bill. If two-thirds of the Representatives and Senators support the bill, the President’s veto is overridden and the bill becomes a law.
- Do nothing if Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after 10 days. If Congress is not in session, the bill does not become a law.