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From a BILL to a LAW

Outlining the Legislative Process

Jacquelyn Whiting

on 21 October 2012

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Transcript of From a BILL to a LAW

How a BILL
becomes a LAW The
Process REVENUE Bills must start in the HOUSE;
all other bills can start in EITHER chamber The Bill is assigned to a Committee Bill placed on the Calendar

Debated by
full chamber

Chamber Vote Committee holds hearings and writes a report The House’s committees consider bills and issues and oversee agencies, programs, and activities within their jurisdictions. Appropriations
Armed Services
Education and the Workforce
Energy and Commerce
Financial Services
Foreign Affairs
Homeland Security
House Administration
Natural Resources
Oversight and Government Reform
Science, Space, and Technology
Small Business
Transportation and Infrastructure
Veterans’ Affairs
Ways and Means
Intelligence Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT), Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) and Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) participate in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, December 11, 2008 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the Bush administrations regulatory rule changes to energy and environmental policies. And the experts and those most affected by the legislation are not the only ones weighing in... And if it makes it this far... It is off to the SENATE Election 2012 Richard Blumenthal CT Senators If the BILL passes the SENATE and the HOUSE, but in different forms ,it goes to CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Senate Budget Committee ranking member Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC), ranking member Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and committee members Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) hold conference committee meeting in the U.S. Capitol April 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. If the BILL passes a simple majority in BOTH chambers it is off to the PRESIDENT

to be SIGNED into
has FOUR options: Sign the BILL into LAW
VETO the BILL outright
Let the BILL sit for TEN days
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