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How a bill becomes a law

Steps of the process

Mike Burchard

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of How a bill becomes a law

How a bill becomes a law Step 1 Senator proposes or sponsors a new law Step 2 The idea is drafted as a bill. Legislators may ask for co-sponsors at this point. Step 3 Bill is introduced when Congress official reads bill's number Step 4 Bill is then sent to a committee which studies and makes changes to the bill. Changes are called amendments. Step 5 If the committee approves the bill, it is sent to the House. The bill will be read again. Step 6 Bill's title is read for a third time; it is debated on and voted on. A bill passes if it has majority vote. Step 7 After both houses agree on the bill, it is sent to the President. The bill becomes a law when signed by the President. Step 8 The President may veto the bill by refusing to sign it.
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