How Bill Becomes Law

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There are many steps involved with passing a bill into a law. Creating a law is a very important job of the United States House of Representatives. A bill must be approved by the United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, and the President before it can become a law. Anyone can suggest a law. Citizens can notify their local Representatives of a new idea. Representatives will initiate the process to begin research on the idea and write them into bills. The bill is introduced to other Representatives in hopes to gain their approval. As soon as there is enough support from Representatives, the bill can be introduced. When a bill is introduced into the United States House of Representatives, it is dropped into the hopper. The hopper is a box that is located on the side of the clerk’s desk. The clerk will assign a number to the bill and proceeds to read it to the Representatives. The bill is then sent to a committee. The bill is reviewed and sometimes revised before deciding if the bill should be sent back to the House Floor.

When the bill is received on the House Floor, it will be debated by the United States House of Representatives. Debate involves discussing why they agree or why they disagree. After debate, the clerk reads each section of the bill to gather input for revisions. The bill is now ready to be voted on. If the majority of the vote consists of yes, the bill is passed; it is certified and sent to the Senate. The bill will follow similar steps through the Senate as it does with the United States House of Representatives.

Once the bill gains approval by Senate, it is sent to the President. The President will approve, sign, and pass the bill, or, refuse to sign (veto) the bill. The bill will be sent back to the United States House of Representatives with the President’s reasoning as to why he rejected the bill. If the United States House of Representatives still believe the bill should become law, they have the authority to override...
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