How A Bill Becomes A Law
- How does a bill begin as?
Every bill starts with an idea.
- Introduction. Title Number.
A Senator or Representative must introduce a bill before Congress will consider it. Every bill is given a title and a number.
- Committee Action
After a bill is introduced, it's sent to the standing committee that's related to the subject.
- A Committee Can ...
- Pass the bill
- Mark the bill up with changes and suggest that it be passed
- Replace the original bill with a new bill
- Ignore the bill and let it die (which is called "pigeonholing" the bill)
- Kill the bill outright by majority
- Rule of Debate
In the House, the Rules Committee sets up terms for debate. In the Senate, Senators can speak as long as they wish.
- Action by President
- President signs the bill and declares it a new law
- President may veto, or refuse to sign the bill
- President may also do nothing for 10 days
- If Congress is in session, bill becomes a law without President's