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How a bill becomes a law

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alexander downing

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of How a bill becomes a law

How a bill becomes a law The bill is drafted Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and even outside groups can draft (write or draw up) bills. Introduced in House Representative introduces the bill in the House. Only members can introduce bills. Sent to Committee The Speaker of the House sends the bill to a committee Committee Action Most bills die here. The committee may pigeonhole, table, amend, or vote on the bill. If bill passes, it goes to Rules Committee. Rules Committee It decides the rules for debate, and when the bill will come up for debate. Floor Action House debates the bill, and may add amendments. If a majority votes in favor of the bill, it goes to the Senate. Introduced in Senate A Senator introduces the bill, which is sent to a committee Committee Action Same procedure as in the House. If the committee majority votes for the bill, it goes to the whole Senate. Bill Called Up Majority floor leader decides when the whole Senate will consider the bill Floor Action The Bill is debated, and amendments may be added. If a majority votes in favor of the bill, it is returned to the House. Presidential Action The president may sign (approve) the bill or veto (reject) it. If approved, it becomes law.
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