Bill to law

By: Kaylah & Briana

IDEA: How does a bill become a law???

A bill may begin in either the house or the senate except for money bills, it must be introduced in the house . The bill is drafted , members of congress, the executive branch and to outside groups can draft it as well like write or draw it up bills .

Step 1

Only members of Congress can introduce legislation so if this happens they become the sponsors. The president can also propose legislation even though a member of Congress must introduce it.

Step 2

The bill is introduced. ONLY members of Congress can introduce bills.

Step 3

The hearings are completed and the subcommittee may meet to mark up the bill which is make changes and amendments to recommending the bill to the full committee. If a subcommittee votes not to report legislation to the full committee the bill doesn't even mean anything . If the committee votes for the bill it would be sent to the floor.

Step 4

House or senate passes a bill which it is referred to the other chamber where it usually follows the same thing through committee and floor action. This chamber may approve the bill as to received, to reject it , to ignore it, or even change it.

Bills are then assigned a number and referred to the appropriate committee, who then might assign it to a subcommittee . The following actions can be taken in committee:

1. Hold public hearings. The Hearings provide the opportunity to put on the record the views of the executive branch, experts, other public officials and supporters, and opponents of the legislation.

2. mark up a bill with changes and suggest that it be passed . 3. replace the original bill with a new bill 4. ignore the bill and let it die which id called pigeonholing the bill 5. kill the bill outright by the majority vote.

Step 5

After receiving a subcommittee's report on a bill the full committee votes on its recommendation to the house or senate.

Step 6

After the debate and the approval of any amendments the bill is passed or defeated by the members voting.

Step 7

If the president vetoes a bill Congress may attempt to override the veto. Which if both the senate and the house pass the bill by a two thirds majority the president's veto is overruled and the bill becomes a law.

Step 8

When the actions of the other chamber significantly change the bill a conference committee is formed to reconsider the differences between the house and senate ideas. If the conferees are unable to reach an agreement the legislation doesn't mean nothing . If their is an agreement reached a conference report is prepared describing the committee members recommendations for changes. Both the house and senate must approve the conference report.

Step 9

House and senate have approved a bill in identical form and it is sent to the president. If the president approves of the legislation, he signs it and it becomes a law. If the president takes no action for ten days while Congress is in session it automatically becomes law .If the president opposes the bill he can veto it or if he takes no action after the Congress has adjourned its second session, it is a pocket veto and the legislation doesn't mean nothing
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