How a Bill becomes a Law

By: Alana Harned


1. Someone has an idea for a law in their community

2. Bill introduced in Congress

-- A few people in the community call their local congressman and discuss the idea

- All tax bills start in the House of Representatives. b/c they are closer to the people or the Senate

3.Clerk of the House read the title, gives it a title and number

4.The bill is discussed in a standing committee

-The bill is debated and voted on in the house opposite to the one it was introduced in

-The bill is passed, can be returned or killed

-Mark the bill with changes and suggest it to be passed

-Replaces the bill with new bill

-Ignore the bill and let it die-pigeonholing

-Amend the bill

-Kill the bill with majority vote

5.Congressional members where the bill is introduced debate

-Senate may attach riders

-Rules Committee determines the terms for debate

6.Voting in Congress

-House and Senate must pass the same bill, if not they Comprise in joint committee

7. The bill is sent to the president for approval

-He can veto or do nothing for 10 days

-If he vetoes it, it can still become a law if both houses override it with a 2/3 majority vote.

-If Congress is in session, it becomes law

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