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How a Bill Becomes a Law Simulation
Transcript of How a Bill Becomes a Law Simulation
Any Congress member can introduce a piece of legislation Bill becomes a Law! Members must gain recognition of the presiding officer to announce the introduction of a bill during the morning hour. If any senator objects, the introduction of the bill is postponed until the next day. The bill is assigned a number. (e.g. HR 1 or S 1)
The bill is labeled with the sponsor's name.
The bill is sent to the Government Printing Office (GPO) and copies are made. Fun fact:
Senate bills can be jointly sponsored. The Bill Committees House
Legislation is handed to the clerk of the House or placed in the hopper. Bazinga!
The House takes the bill and debates on it The President can either sign or veto the bill SUBCOMMITTEE SHOWS BILL TO CONGRESS Bill is Passed to Senate The bill enables the right for any person to marry anyone of the opposite and/or same gender A subcommittee looks into the bill and finds why it should be made into a law Subcommittee finds these facts about gay rights: 1. The logic that a marriage is strictly between a man and woman was derived from the Bible. THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS THE MAKING OF ANY LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION 2. Homosexuality is *not* a "disease" or mental issue, nor is it connected with pedophilia, troubled home lives, etc. THE INSTITUTIONALIZED BELIEF THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG CAUSES WHAT IS CALLED: "MINORITY STRESS." 3. Scientific research has been generally consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents THEIR CHILDREN GROW UP JUST FINE, AND WITHOUT ANY ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES Congress looks at the bill, debates on whether it should be passed, makes amendments to it, and decide to pass it. The bill then goes to the House of Representatives, and they pass it as well. The senate has a look at the bill from Congress, and make their own version of the bill. This version allows for gay marriage, but also gives marriage benefits a slight "boost." The Marriage "Boost" This "boost" gives married couples an increase in tax break benefits for maintaining a marriage over 21 years. This is done in order to swat down the idea that homosexual couples are philanderers, and benefits existing heterosexual couples for maintaining successful marriages. Senate sends revised bill back to congress, and the bill undergoes yet another trial. Adjustments are made to the bill yet again, proposing that an increased tax break should be for married couples right off the bat. They send this bill to the Senate. Congress sends revised bill to Senate, and the Senate makes changes to the bill. These changes make it so that marriages over 10 years get tax breaks instead. They then send this bill back to Congress. This process goes on indefinitely, until a consensus is reached from both Congress and Senate. The process eventually creates a bill that allows gay marriage, and also gives a slightly larger tax break for married couples of over 15 years. THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION The bill finally gets to the president. The president can either sign the bill, or leave it be. After evaluating possible media slander about his image as well as his own personal political agenda, the president finally signs the bill into law. Gay couples can now legally marry, existing married couples earn benefits for maintaining a healthy and successful marriage, and America takes a step forward into a new age of science and humanity, creating a better world for all nations. If the president decides to veto the bill, it goes back to the House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives can override the veto with a majority vote; however, this rarely happens. The president can also do what is called a "pocket veto."
This is where the president takes a bill when there is less than ten days left in congress, and decides to not sign it until the next congressional session. This kills the bill.