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Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House.

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1 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

2 STEP 1: Write & Introduce the Bill - a representative writes down their idea and puts it in the hopper. - the clerk gives the bill a number, name, and short description, records it in the Congressional Record, and gives copies to each representative in the house. - the bill is introduced to the house by the leader of the house - the bill is sent to the appropriate committee How a Bill becomes a Law

3 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

4 STEP 2: Committee Work - a committee studies the bill - the committee figures out how it will affect the people and the country - experts are asked to comment on the bill - subcommittees are used if necessary to do more work on the bill - the committee decides if they think the bill has a chance of passing and should be sent to the whole house for consideration How a Bill becomes a Law

5 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

6 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STEP 3: Debate and Vote - the bill is read aloud now that it has been fixed up in the committee. - a formal debate about the bill happens- speakers are given a limited amount of time to speak. - the bill can be changed or added to during the debate. - when the debate is over, a vote is taken. - if the bill has at least 218 votes, it passes. How a Bill becomes a Law

7 THE SENATE STEP 3: Debate and Vote - the bill is read aloud now that it has been fixed up in the committee. - a formal debate about the bill happens- speakers are given an unlimited amount of time to speak. - the bill can be changed or added to during the debate. - when the debate is over, a vote is taken. - if the bill has at least 51 votes, it passes. How a Bill becomes a Law

8 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

9 STEP 4: On to the other House - if the bill passes through one house, it is sent over to the other house and repeats the same steps. How a Bill becomes a Law

10 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

11 STEP 5: Conference Committee - if any changes were made to the bill during the debate in the second house, members from both houses meet to compromise and make one bill for both houses to re-pass. - once the compromise bill is finished, it is sent back through both houses for final approval (another vote) How a Bill becomes a Law

12 Step 1: Introduce the BillIntroduce the Bill Step 2: Committee WorkCommittee Work Step 3: Debate and VoteDebate and Vote Step 4: On to the other House Step 5: Conference Committee Step 6: Presidents Desk House of RepresentativesThe Senate How a Bill becomes a Law

13 STEP 6: The Presidents Desk - a finished bill that has passed both houses of Congress is then sent to the President. - the President reads the bill. How a Bill becomes a Law

14 STEP 6: Presidents Desk The President can then... Sign the bill into a law. Veto the bill and send back to Congress w/ an explanation Hold the bill for 10 days and allow to become a law w/o signing Pocket Veto - hold on to the bill w/o signing and kill the bill because Congress has adjourned (ended) its session


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