1Justine Karain How a Bill becomes a Law

A bill comes from an idea. An idea that is put into some form of action. The legislative process of how a bill becomes a law starts off when a member of Congress introduces a bill. The bill is then assigned a number. From assignment, The bill is then turned over to a subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the issue that is addressed. This gets the ball rolling-so-to speak. This is when the committee decides to hold hearings on the bill or the committee could decide not to hold hearings which is usually where the ball is dropped and the bill really doesn’t go anywhere. If all goes well and the bill is marked-up if needed and the cleaned bill is voted on. In the House of representatives it can go to “the floor” in which debates are held and arguments come to a close., then it is voted on. In the senate, there is no floor action but a senator can filibust, or delay a vote for a day. If it passes, it goes to the other chamber for a vote. In order for a bill to be passed it has to pass in both chamber of Congress. If it passes, a conference committee is formed in order to introduce and serve the bill after all changes are made, and then a final vote is recasted in both chambers. If it is passed, then it is sent to the chief executive. He may sign or delay for up to ten days. Either way, the legislation becomes law. If the president vetoes the bill, then Congress needs a 2/3 majority vote to override the veto. If the president signs th bill, then it becomes a law.

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