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How Does a Bill Become a Law?

How Does a Bill Become a Law?

House of Representatives
435 Representatives
Each state received representation in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one Representative. Each representative serves for a two-year term. The House was granted its own exclusive powers; the power to initiate revenue bills, impeach officials, and elect the president in electoral college deadlocks.

Bill introduced in House
Bill is referred to House committee or subcommittee
Committee marks up the bill with changes
Voted on by Full Committee
Committee reports and Bill is put on House calendar
House reading and debate. Amendments are added
House Full Vote
If other chamber has similar bill, a joint committee resolves differences
Inaction GraveYard
Tabled
Veto
Bill becomes Law

Senate
100 Senators
Each U.S. state is represented by two senators, regardless of population. This endures equal representation of each state in the Senate. Senators swerve staggered six-year terms.

Bill introduced in Senate
Bill is referred to senate committee or subcommittee
Committee marks up the bill with changes
Voted on by full committee
Committee reports and Bill is put on Senate calendar
Senate reading and debate. Amendments are added.
Senate Full Vote
If other chamber has no similar bill then bills must pass a vote in the other chamber before going to President
Inaction GraveYard
Tabled
Veto
Bill becomes Law

Veto
The President can Veto (Decline) the Bill. Bill can still pass but must be revoted by House or Senate and receive 2/3 vote to pass.

Pork Barrell
Typically "pork" involves funding programs whose economic benefits are concentrated in a particular area but whose costs are spread among all taxpayers.

Earmark
Earmarks are funds provided by Congress for project by bypassing the Presidential evaluation processes.

Filibuster
AKA- "Taking a bill to death." An informal term for extended debate or other procedures used to prevent a vote on a bill in the Senate.

How Does a Bill Become a Law?

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