Steps to How a Bill is Made

By: Annashaye Stiles

How Does a Bill Become a Law in the US Congress?

Step Two

Bill introduced to Congress

  • All Tax bills start in the House because they are closer to the people

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Step Three

Bill given a title and number
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Step Four

Sent to a Standing Committee


  • Pass the Bill
  • Mark the Bill with change and suggest it be passed
  • Replace the bill with new bill
  • Ignore the bill and let it die (known as pigeonholing)
  • Kill the bill with majority vote

Step Five

Congressional members where the bill is introduced debate

  • Senate may attach riders
  • Rules committee determines the terms for debate
  • Talking a bill to death is called Filibuster
  • Can end if 3/5 of members vote for cloture
  • No one may speak for more than an hour

Step One

Someone gets an Idea!
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Step Six

Voting in Congress

  • House and Senate must pass the same bill (if not, they compromise on joint committee)
  • Voice vote
  • Standing Vote
  • Roll Call Vote

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Step Seven

President


  • Veto
  • Can be overrode with 2/3 vote from both houses of Congress
  • Do nothing for 10 days
  • If Congress is in session, it becomes a law
  • If Congress is not in session, it dies (called pocket veto
  • Sign the bill into law
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