10 Steps: How a Bill Becomes a Law

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1.

The bill is introduced in one chamber of the Congress
Senate: stands and reads
House: places in Hopper

2.

The bill is assigned to a standing committee

3.

The standing committee reports the bill back to the floor (whole chamber)

4.

The bill is placed on a congressional calendar ( the schedule for the debates)

5.

The chamber considers the bill - debate is held

6.

A vote is held
If it passes the first chamber, it is called an act

7.

The Act is sent to the other chamber

8.

The conference committee meets to iron out the differences in the versions of the legislation

9.

The legislation is sent to the President for his signature.
The president could veto the legislation

10.

Congress may override a veto by a 2/3's vote of both chambers (becomes law)

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