Bills in Society

How a Bill becomes a Law...

Sent by Congressman...

1.) Goes to the House of Representatives.

2.) Bill is discussed by proper house.

3.) Hold a public hearing on bill.

4.) House Committee has a mark up session to determine fine details of bill.

5.) House Committee votes on bill; 3 choices ~ choose to decide at another time, changes made to bill and then sent on to House Floor, or sent on as is.

6.) House Floor discussion, possible changes made.

7.) House vote; 3 choices, sent back for further discussion, majority vote bill dies, majority vote bill sent to Senate.

8.) Senate discusses and adds changes if necessary if added they send back to House and vote again. Then Senate votes majority no, bill dies. Majority votes yes, bill goes on to president.


If sent by Senator...

1.) Goes to Senate.

2.) Senate Committee discusses bill.

3.) Committee hold public hearing on bill.

4.) Has mark up session to determine fine details on bill.

5.) Committee votes to determine action on bill; 3 choices, decide to come back at a later time, changes made and sent to Senate Floor, and then sent as is.

6.) Senate Floor has debate about bill then votes; 3 choices, bill recommitted to Committee, majority votes no so bill dies, or majority votes yes and passes on to House of Representatives.

7.) Debated on House floor, then vote; 3 choices, majority vote no bill dies, majority vote yes bill passes to president, and if amendments added goes back to Senate for more voting.

The President's Turn

*Must act within 10 days!!!

1.) Veto the bill and it returns to the House it originated from. Yet if 2/3 majority vetoes the President, the bill becomes Law.

2.) Congress adjourned, bill doesn't become law. (Pocket Veto)

3.) President can sign bill and it becomes Law.

Laws are Cool!!!

How are debates different in the Senate and the House?

In the House of Representatives, there is something called the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee has power in controlling the time and rules of debate.


In the Senate, there is no Rules Committee and this gives power to everyone on how long, what is said, and if the debate is extended.