The Process of a Bill 📃

Following the long journey of a Bill becoming a Law

Steps in Making a Bill a Law

How A Bill Becomes A Law

Create the Bill

Anyone can create a bill; in fact, ideas for Bills can come from anywhere! But only members of congress can present it. That takes us to the next step...

Present the Bill to Congress

In this step, a member of congress presents the bill to the respectful house. The President, a member of the Cabinet, or the head of a federal agency can also propose legislation, but congress has to introduce it.

The Bill goes to Committee

The Bill is sent to the proper committee to be debated, and/or edited to the houses' specifications.
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Bill is Reported

This is where the house members vote on the passing of the bill to the house floor. Once reported, it can be debated by the US House of Representatives.

The Bill is Debated

This step is where the other house votes on the changes to the bill, or send it back to the previous house if the changes aren't approved. Representatives discuss the bill and explain why they agree or disagree with it.

The Bill is Voted on

If a majority of the Representatives say or select yes, the bill passes in the House of Representatives.

The Bill is referred to the Senate

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.

Send to the President to Be Signed

This is the final step in passing a Bill. It is also the life-or-death decision for the Bill. If the President signs the Bill, it will become a Law. If he doesn't agree with the changes he can refuse to sign it, and kill it (or also known as a veto)
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