2 A member of the House or Senate introduces a bill. Only a Member of Congress can take a proposed law to the House of Representatives or the Senate.A member of the House or Senate drafts a bill.They submit the bill to the House or Senate.The bill is assigned a number that begins with:H.R. for House of RepresentativesS. for SenateThe bill is then sent to the appropriate committee.
3 A member of the House or Senate introduces a bill. Let's pretend the voters from Representative Hannon' state (His constituents or the people he represents) want a law requiring seatbelts on school buses. He and his staff write a bill, which is a draft (early version) of the proposed law. The bill is then passed out to each Representative in the House.The person (or people) who proposes the bill is the bill’s Sponsor
4 A Bill is reviewed by committees. A Standing Committee (a small, permanent group made up of legislators who studies and reports on bills) reviews the bill and does one of three things:1. Sends the bill back with no changes. 2. Makes changes and sends it back. 3. Tables the bill -- In other words, they can do nothing.
6 The Bill is reviewed by committees. If the committee sends it back with no changes, then the bill goes on the House's calendar to be voted on. When that day comes, the bill is voted on and if over half of the Representatives (218 of 435) vote yes, it passes.
7 The Bill is reviewed by committees. If the bill is passed by the House, it then moves to the other branch of Congress, the Senate. The bill goes to a Senate committee, which studies the bill, and then it is voted on by the Senators. Just as in the House, if over half of the representatives (51 of 100) vote yes, it passes the bill.
8 If the House and Senate vote to approve a bill, the bill goes to the President.
9 If the President vetoes Veto or SignIf the President signsThe bill, it becomeslaw.If the President vetoesthe bill, it returnsto congress.If the bill gets a 2/3rdsmajority vote inCongress, it becomesa law. This calledveto override
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